Research (combined with my own journey in a fast-paced working environment) has taught me so much about how to achieve this. I’d like to share with you here the core areas that you can get started on TODAY.
8 Essential Steps to RE-ENERGISE and RE-BOOT the Mind
1. FUEL YOUR BODY
Take an interest in the food YOU eat. Our brain weighs 2% of our body weight but uses on average 20% of our energy from our body. Maintaining energy requires a good source of fuel. Just as an athlete reviews their nutritional intake so should you. Can you give your BEST if you have skipped meals and rely on a sandwich to carry you through the entire day?
2. GET HYDRATED!
Water makes up 2/3rds of the human body. Headaches and mental sluggishness can be a symptom of dehydration. Keep a water bottle or jug of water near you at all timesand add a little flavour with a squeeze of natural lime or lemon.
3. GET ACTIVE!
‘The potential benefits of nature’s finest cure are not widely appreciated’ Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer, commenting about physical activity in 2009.
Physical activity produces such good endorphins – chemicals which are very positive for your body. If you could collect all the chemicals and goodness of exercise in one pill, it would be the biggest selling drug over the counter! One area of exercise which is underrated is walking – how could you bring more brisk walking into your daily routine?
4. TAKE TIME OUT!
Introduce calmness into your life. Whether through some mindfulness exercise, time out listening to music, walking your dog, bike riding, playing golf or whatever relaxes you! It allows you time out to consider issues from a different angle and it re-energises you.
When you are away from the office, in a calm environment, research indicates this is the area where you can be your most creative – so tap into your creativity!
5. LET IT GO!
Focus on YOUR sphere of accountability and responsibility. Know what success looks like here for you. Worrying about areas outside your influence is like sitting in a rocking chair. You rock back and forth, but you are still in the same place as you first started!
By all means, show compassion and willingness to help – just not at the sacrifice of you and others around you!
6. CHOOSE YOUR REACTION
When faced with an event which you have no control over, understand that you have the power to influence the outcome by changing your reaction. This can be life changing.
STOP. THINK. CHANGE your reaction accordingly. And then ACT.
Remember, you have a choice.
7. GET SOCIAL, GET SHARING
We are social animals and sharing a story, talking about events or opening up about our feelings in a safe place is good. Getting it all out lets us explore the options available to us and see the bigger picture. Making time in your life for friends and family is a good pressure release.
8. BE A POSITIVITY CHAMELEON
Surround yourself with positive people and influences. I have started turning off the (bad) news on some mornings and listening to music to set the tone for my day. Limit your time spent with influences or people that zap your energy. Reversely spend time with people who energise and inspire you.