How Your Lifestyle Can Affect Your Work
Do you feel unmotivated when you wake up in the morning? Is fatigue preventing you from getting work done? Do you find your mood worsening? Does every task feel like a chore? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from poor lifestyle choices. It may be time for a lifestyle change! What does that mean exactly?
A VERY important element in starting a healthy lifestyle is nutrition. Nutrition is actually a very controversial topic when it comes down to: what is healthy and what is not? Even though there are arguments about this, consumption of fruit is always a constant on all sides. Fruit contains vitamins, minerals, and healthy sugars (non refined). These natural sugars can satisfy that ‘sweet tooth’ and desert cravings without the guilt of splurging on a pastry or such. Fruit can also cause you to feel better, look better, and even clear up skin. Blending up fruit into smoothies is a fun way to drink your daily requirements and stay hydrated. Pour it into a portable cup and drink it on the way to work! The best part about consuming fruit is that you can eat in abundance until you are satisfied. So don’t be afraid to snack on them throughout the day.
Next up: Carbs. Contrary to popular belief, carbs are NOT the enemy. Carbs are essential for not only daily body functions, but also for a healthy mind. Eating non-refined carbs such as rice, potatoes, dates, bananas, etc. will help to keep you satisfied and full of energy. Bananas not only provide energy, but they are also capable of lowering blood pressure and can be consumed as a natural pain reliever. By eating carbs at breakfast, it kick starts your metabolism for the day and once again, provides you with energy to take on daily tasks. As they say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” Whether you have an important board meeting, speaking to a client on the phone, or just steam-rolling your productivity, you must be as energized as possible.
Now, how can you supplement your healthy diet to really feel great throughout the work day? Exercising a little bit every day, even if it’s just for five minutes on your lunch break, makes a difference. Endorphins, a chemical released in your brain while exercising, gives you a natural ‘high’ that creates motivation and positivity. An optimal time for exercise is first thing in the morning because it can rev up your metabolism as well as provide you with a good mood to start the work day.
The most important part of any lifestyle is to love who you are. Spending time doing the activities you enjoy and treating yourself here and there can increase your overall happiness. Also, the way you carry yourself sends strong messages to others on who you are. By loving yourself and feeling confident, your positivity will translate into your work ethic as well as relationships with others.
Living a healthy lifestyle may seem intangible or impossible at times, but do not give up. In the long run your body and mind will thank you. Not every aspect of your life has to change overnight, as it is a gradual transformation, so do not lose hope if you are not seeing your desired results right away. By using even just one suggestion out of this, you may find that living a healthy lifestyle is right for you.