The UK has some of the longest working hours in Europe but this does not always translate into increased business productivity. In fact, the growing hyper-responsive work culture often causes employees to spend more time tending to their email inbox rather than working effectively on their important work or projects.
The biggest mistake people make when looking to improve their health and energy is what I call the “more knowledge epidemic”. You can get tricked into thinking more knowledge is the answer.
Is your breakfast routine in need of an overhaul? Many people think breakfast is a meal you can miss. Or maybe you are stuck in the habit of grabbing a quick bowl of cereal or toast. These types of food are high in sugar and cause blood sugar crashes later in the day leading to low energy, fatigue, low mood headaches and more sugar cravings.
At some time in our lives, it’s likely that we will have to use some level of leadership skills. What qualities do great leaders have to make them truly successful?
There are many levels of energy an individual can reach. Sometimes it is very clear to a person that their energy is low. For others it is only clear how low their energy had been when they reach higher levels of energy.
Movement equals energy. Simply put, the more we move, the more energised we feel. On the other hand if we have a less active lifestyle, the more sluggish and tired we feel. If we regularly feel low in energy then this can affect our resilience, defined as the power or ability to bounce back, such as coping with daily pressures and adversity. We are also more likely to feel stressed and get ill.
Many of the great brands and successful organisations we work with have implemented mindfulness into their workplace, reporting significant benefits for their businesses and employees. The application of simple techniques can make for a more productive workplace.
We sometimes forget that it’s not just what we eat that makes a difference to our health and energy but also what we drink. You might be one of those with a coffee habit or even a full on caffeine addiction and may well think that this helps improve your energy. However, science shows that regularly drinking too much caffeine can actually have the reverse effect.
How many New Year resolutions have you kept? Maybe you made a pledge with yourself to do more exercise and get fit, eat healthier, drink less alcohol or make changes to your work schedule to improve your work-life balance. The chances are you made some, or even lots of promises to yourself at the beginning of January to make healthy changes in 2016. But maybe you’re finding your new habits challenging to stick to, if so you’re not alone!
There are literally hundreds of habits that benefit your health and energy and hundreds that have a negative impact.