You know how it is – your business is going great guns, you’re so excited about it you can’t wait to get in to work the following day to build on that success.
Ok, so you’re doing about 70 to 80 hours a week trying to get everything done, but you’ll pull back at some point…
Well, just in case that deadline day for cutting back on your workload is still weeks or months down the line it might be an idea to take two minutes (yes, that’s all) out of your day – or evening – and read this article. It could save you days of missed productivity in the future, for starters:
Nip back to nature
When was the last time you went for a stroll through a park? Even if it’s just for 15 to 20 minutes it makes a big difference to your body. It also refreshes your mind by reminding you that life doesn’t need to be all about balance sheets, returning emails and invoicing. Watching a squirrel nibbling a nut or a dog running frantically after a tennis ball can always make me smile.
Add anti-inflammatory foods to your diet
By anti-inflammatory I mean foods which are easy on your immune system so that you won’t end up with allergies, tiredness and illness such as IBS and diabetes. Try to gradually cut out foods such as wheat, gluten, dairy, meat, sugar, coffee, soda, energy drinks, alcohol and processed foods (ie white bread, pasta, rice etc). You’ll be glad you did when you start to feel a little better every day.
Have plenty of H2O
Water is so important for our muscles, tissues, skin and just about every area of our body (including the brain). It also stops us feeling tired. Drinking as much as two litres of water a day is recommended and more if you’re exercising, of course. That water should be quality but not necessarily mineral water. The fascinating website Find a Spring can direct towards natural water springs in your locale. It’s well worth a look.
Ditch dairy and meat
These are two big food groups for many people but I can assure you they’re not doing your health any good. Animal products which aren’t organic tend to be pumped full of chemicals such as growth hormones and antibiotics. Ingest the meat or dairy and you’ll be taking in a fine cocktail of well, who knows what? A plant-based diet is less expensive and easier to regulate in terms of buying organic so you know your fruit and vegetables haven’t been sprayed with pesticides.
Skip the refined sugar
White, refined sugar isn’t a natural produce but ‘made’ in a laboratory and will have a shelf life longer than you! That should be enough in itself to put you off the stuff. But we’ve got more little gems for you such as the fact it sends your blood sugar (and therefore tiredness levels) crazy, it can lead to the fungal nasty Candida, it will actually deplete your body of all those good minerals you’ve been building up from fruit and vegetables and it leads to insulin excess (the pre-curses to diabetes. Worse still, it encourages IGF1 which increases the likelihood of getting cancer.
Bounce that booty of yours
In other words, try and get some form of aerobic exercise, such as a gym class, brisk walk in the woods or around town with the dog, 45 minute jog with a pal etc from four to five times a week. Your lymph system needs it. It has to be stimulated you see, in order to do its job i.e. remove the waste from your body. Unlike your old ticker it doesn’t have a pump mechanism. Aerobic exercise is what it relies on.
Live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle
What you put in to your body in terms of food and chemicals is important. But so too is the way you deal with stress. Inflammation in all its forms causes acidity which in turn results in some form of illness. Exercises which reduce inflammation include meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, dancing, visualization, journaling, tapping, prayer, self-reflection and, as we mentioned in our first point, simply being in nature. Other tips? Laugh – a lot!
About the author:
Dominica Roszko is a nutrition and well-being specialist, and the founder of vegerasta.com – a site dedicated to healthy living.