A Guide to Healthier Living Table of Contents
A Guide to Healthier Living is a series consisting of 3 parts.
With a healthy morning behind you, you’ll set off on your day – full of energy and determination. As the hours pass, though, the body seeks nourishment and, if you’ve undergone stress, it also needs some time for release. With your time in the middle of the day, perhaps due to a lunch break, you can revive your body and help enable yourself to be more productive in the second half of the day.
Let’s say you’ve only got 45 minutes to an hour and 15 – what are you to do? Let’s start with some revisiting of the working hours then discover simple ways you can feel better and more excited for the closing of the day.
The Working Hours
As you work up to lunch time, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. First off, it should go without saying that you should never over work yourself. Even if your job is ‘blue collar,’ don’t burn yourself out within the first few hours. Do whatever you can to work smarter, not harder.
Next, keep in mind that as you do work, it is a perfect time to snack on high energy foods. Keep some assorted nuts by you along with plenty of water. Not only with this help sustain you, but it also give your mind something new consider so it doesn’t just get the run of the mill hour by hour. It also helps to get up, take a few strides, and make sure your blood is flowing.
Finally, it always helps me to remind myself what it is I’m working toward. This doesn’t speak necessarily to what task I complete, but what the work (in an abstract sense) is building up to. Considering this always gives me energy to move forward when I get stuck in a rut.
A Lunchtime Routine
With the morning work hours passing is what seems like minutes, you’ve hit lunch time – the perfect time to prep from the last half of the day. Here are some easy tips, suggestions, and principles to follow that will mean you having more energy, more excitement, and better efficiency at work.
- As always, eat something healthy. A nice, fresh salad (with protein, either in the form of meat or vegetable) is a great choice along side a cup of iced green tea. You’ll get a bit of raw energy from the salad and a small boost from the green tea!
- Read your favorite comic, column, or book. After you’re done munching away (or even during the munching is you prefer), give yourself a pat on the back by indulging in something you love.
- This is also a great time to do some more stretching. Remember: blood flow is good for your energy, concentration, and overall wellbeing. Keep it circulating!
- Snooze. Even if it’s for 15-20 minutes, take a minute and rest your eyes/mind. Meditate if you can’t sleep. Whatever it is, give the senses a break.
- Finally, as the lunch break comes to a close, prepare for the second half.
Making it Last till Night
So it’s now early afternoon, and you’re completely revitalized. Let’s make this last! Use some of the same techniques as above – give yourself time to snack, plenty of water, and opportunities to keep the blood flowing. People tend to get a bit of ‘senioritis’ (that feeling of seniors in college or high school who are just ‘done’ mentally) in the final few hours, but it is avoidable if your body and mind are staying sharp. Now is a great time to eat a few pieces of fruit – a banana would be great – for some natural energy from sugar.
Before you know it, the day has passed! Now you’ve got to face nighttime – the focus of part III!