Magazine article New Zealand Management

When to Skip, What Not to Skip: Kim Harvey Offers Some Hints to Help the Time-Poor Manage Their Own Physical Health Needs

Magazine article New Zealand Management

When to Skip, What Not to Skip: Kim Harvey Offers Some Hints to Help the Time-Poor Manage Their Own Physical Health Needs

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Life seems to get busier by the day and being constantly on the go depletes energy reserves and can compromise our health. Time is precious and often taking care of ourselves is relegated to the bottom of a long list of priorities. But small changes to your existing daily routine can boost energy, efficiency and the ability to manage your many commitments without running out of steam.

Here are some simple tips to get you started:

EAT LITTLE AND OFTEN THROUGH THE DAY

Food provides the fuel that feeds our brain and without adequate amounts at regular intervals we will be sluggish, lack mental clarity and feel tired and irritable --not useful when we are busy and under pressure. Try the following:

* Eat breakfast. If you've got a full on day ahead and it's tempting to zoom out the door shortly after getting out of bed --don't! Stop for five minutes to eat some thing. The brain boost you'll receive will more than make up any lost minutes away from your desk. Porridge is a brilliant way to start the day, and can be made in two minutes in the microwave.

* Stop for lunch. Taking a break from work to eat your lunch is great for your productivity and your digestive system. Gulping down food at the desk is a sure-fire way to cause digestive discomfort and distraction. Taking a mental break from your work creates 'space' for your brain to assimilate information and recharge creative juices, making you more effective than ever.

* Snack smart. If you get that sleepy feeling around 3pm and head for the coffee cart or sweet machine, caffeine and sugary foods will only give you temporary respite before you crash. A fruit smoothie, brazil nuts, walnuts or almonds with a piece of fruit or a boiled egg are easy to prepare and will sustain you for the end-of-day rush.

* Stay hydrated. Without enough water, you feel sluggish, fatigued, and headaches can disrupt your schedule. Since too much coffee and tea can deplete fluid levels, instead try juice, herbal teas, or mineral water.

* Don't diet. Most diets work on the premise of severely reducing calorie intake or cutting out entire food groups. Research shows that whilst diets can create a quick loss of weight, your body soon adapts so results are only temporary, leading to yet another cycle of dieting with ever diminishing returns. …

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