Busy professionals. Do we ever feel like we will get it all done? Today’s business professionals are plagued by fatigue, stress and forgetfulness
Forgetting we are only human, we try to do more and more only to discover the more we try, the less we do. The warning signs that we are out of sorts start as simple as forgetting things or yelling at your spouse.
The following is a list of common signals that our to do list has taken over our life. If you experience one of these signals, try the simple remedy to help you.
Having trouble focusing? Drink a glass of water.
A glass of water helps us focus better. Our biology textbook said it: our bodies are 75% water. When we are even slightly dehydrated (maybe from those 5 cups of coffee we drank to stay awake at work), we have more difficulty focusing on work. Getting at least 64 oz of water a day will do wonders for staying on task.
Forgetting things? Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
A surprising benefit of getting enough sleep is improved memory. When we are sleep deprived, we tend to forget little details that may be important (like picking up the groceries on the way home). Getting enough sleep is critical to our peak performance, so do what it takes to get enough rest every night.
Feeling Irritable? Add color to your diet.
Vegetables have vitamins that empower you to deal with stress more effectively. The B vitamins and omega 3-fatty acids fight anxiety and depression. These as well as magnesium (essential for proper nerve function) are found in abundance in a variety of vegetables. Don’t be tempted to rely on vitamin supplements. Stick with the real thing.
Can't solve a problem? Go for a walk.
Exercise does more than reduce your waistline. Increased blood flow to your brain supplies oxygen necessary to think better. It also releases dopamine, the “feel good” neurotransmitter, into our blood stream, giving us a sense of well-being. When we feel better, the cloud of our negative mindset lifts so we can see better solutions.
Overwhelmed by your to-do list? Take some time to meditate/pray.
Science has proven that meditation helps us be more aware of the present moment. When the fear of “not getting it all done” overtakes us, meditation brings us back to the present.
Kids misbehaving? Schedule family time.
Now more than ever, we need to connect with our family. More and more companies understand when we have to step away from the job to take care of family issues, But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We can focus on work better if we are not worried about our family’s well-being.
Tired of going to work? Take one day off a week.
We need rest. Not just the 7 or 8 hours at night, but one whole day a week. A day off helps us recharge our batteries. The rest energizes us to tackle the challenges of the week with power. That is the strength rest gives us.
Feel like you are a treadmill? Take up a hobby.
Are you an artist? A gardener? A poet? Indulge the creative side of you. Not only does it provide relief from the daily grind, but it also rests your brain from problem solving. Often the problem that is dragging you down will find a solution when “thinking” mind is preoccupied.
Feel out of control? Track your time.
Awareness is the first step to taking control of your life. Tracking your time makes you more aware of what you are doing, so you choose activities that are more meaningful for you. Start by keeping a notebook of your to do list. Write down start and stop times for each activity. At the end of the week, schedule time to look at your “time diary” and make adjustments to get back control of your life.