Being busy isn’t just a phase: it’s a way of life. You often feel like you don’t have time for yourself, but the reality is that if something isn’t done to maintain your health and well-being, it will start to show in your work and personal lives.
At the start of a day, you may start well, but by 5pm you will be feeling fatigued and drained
You have come to the right place. You may be tired and drained at the start of a day, but that doesn’t mean there is no hope for you. In fact, it’s never too late to make a change! You can still make a change to your diet or exercise routine. You can still do something today that will help you feel less tired later on in the day. Or maybe you need to try something new with your mindset?
I am here to help guide you in making those changes so that by 5pm tomorrow, when exhaustion starts creeping in again, all you’ll think about is how well rested (and productive) today was!
When work keeps you super busy, it can be hard to find time to move your body
It’s easy to put off working out when you’re busy, but it’s important to find time for your body. You don’t have to be a gym rat or run marathons every week—you can get your daily dose of exercise in just a few minutes.
You could do something at lunchtime, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking further away from work so you’ll have to walk some extra steps. You could also do something in the morning, like getting up 10 minutes early and walking around your neighbourhood before starting your day. Or maybe try something after work: grab some friends and go for a jog around the neighbourhood together; take advantage of those two hours where everyone else is gone and do some yoga poses while listening to music; go running in that beautiful park near where you live. Whatever works best for you!
We often eat without thinking about how food will affect our bodies
We all do it. We eat without thinking, without questioning the consequences of our actions. Sometimes we don’t even realize what we’re putting in our bodies or how it will affect us.
We are guilty of eating on autopilot sometimes, without thinking about how the food we’re eating will affect our bodies and health.
Why You Shouldn’t Reward Yourself With Food
Sometimes you deserve a treat. Sometimes you need a reward for all of your hard work. But sometimes, in our rush to reward ourselves for our accomplishments, we can get it wrong and end up rewarding ourselves with food.
There are many different ways that you can reward yourself without using food as your token of appreciation.
- You could go see a movie by yourself or with friends
- You could get an extra hour of sleep because you worked so late
- You could take yourself out to lunch at your favourite restaurant
Stress Can Increase Your Carb Cravings
Work-related stress can cause you to eat more than you need, and to crave comfort foods in response. These cravings are an imbalance in the brain’s reward system that leads us to seek out certain foods—usually the ones you associate with comfort. This is especially true if you’re stressed because of a lack of control over your work situation, or if it feels like your needs aren’t being met by your workplace. The good news is that when these cravings strike, there’s usually something you can do about them!
The first step is understanding what’s going on with your brain chemistry as well as how stress affects our bodies (and this goes beyond just eating). Your brain releases endorphins when you’re under stress—those feel-good chemicals that help us cope during hard times. But unfortunately for many people who deal with chronic stress or have high levels of anxiety day after day, their brains become accustomed to this reaction and so begin producing less endorphins themselves when they experience any kind of emotional or physical discomfort; thus, creating an ever-worsening cycle where more and more food will be eaten until eventually, we reach our breaking point at which point we give up completely on healthy eating habits altogether
If you’re struggling to find healthful ways of coping with stress, try making your home environment more relaxing by using natural light and soothing colours on walls. Also consider getting rid of clutter around the house so there’s less for you to have worry about or feel overwhelmed by when returning home after work.
Work-related stress creates an imbalance in the brain, which increases blood sugar and causes us to crave more comfort foods. This can lead to weight gain if you’re not careful. In order to prevent yourself from gaining this kind of weight, try practicing mindful eating instead of snacking on whatever is available at hand.
Don’t let lack of sleep get in the way of your productivity
Sleep deprivation can lead to:
- Weight gain – because you’re not getting enough shut-eye, the body releases the hormone cortisol to get things done. Cortisol raises blood sugar levels and causes fat storage—along with a number of other negative side effects.
- Depression – sleep is critical for our mental health and moods, which makes sense considering that a third of our lives are spent in bed! Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep have higher rates of depression than those who do. They also tend to eat more calories than their well-rested counterparts, which could be another factor in their higher risk for obesity.
- High blood pressure – lack of sleep affects your cardiovascular system by increasing adrenaline levels throughout your body (which raises blood pressure). This can increase stress on your heart and may cause damage over time if left untreated!
You’re busy – but still need to look after yourself
When you’re busy and stressed, there are a few things that can help you stay on top of things.
- Eating well. It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. When you eat bad food, you feel bad. Try to avoid junk food and be mindful about what you eat throughout the day.
- Exercising regularly helps your body feel good, gives it energy and increases your sense of wellbeing (and even makes you look better in the mirror). If possible, try to get outside for at least half an hour every day!
- Getting enough sleep is another important part of looking after yourself – if you don’t get enough sleep then your body doesn’t have time to heal after exercise or stressful situations. This means that when something else goes wrong (like having an argument with someone) you end up feeling worse than before because not only are your muscles sore but also your mind might not be functioning properly either!
When you think about all the things that are going on in any given day, it’s no wonder that we struggle to be mindful of our bodies. But it’s important to remember that you need to take care of yourself just as much as you do your work or family obligations, because if not then they will suffer too!
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