A guest post for World Homeopathy Awareness Week.
Spring the time of new beginnings and we are often inclined to spring clean our homes, our wardrobes and gardens. Throw out the old and bring in the new. But what about our work? Isn’t this a great time to stop and think about the elements of our work that are no longer ‘working’ for us?
1. Work/life balance
Is there such a thing as work/life balance? Well that is just it – it is a balancing act. Sometimes your personal life needs more priority and at other times it’s your work that needs all the attention. It’s more about recognising and being comfortable with that fact. When we start feeling guilty about where our attention lies, this is when our behaviours become misaligned with the activity we are engaged with.
Spring cleaning tip: I spend time every weekend planning the week ahead. I block out chunks of time in my diary to ensure I am spending my time on the things that are important to me. The success lies in being focused and devoid of distractions during those chunked times. When I am with my children, I am with them totally – not on my phone or checking emails. When I am researching, my laptop and phone are in another room. It’s just me and my books.
2. No time to take a break
Are you too busy during the day to take a break from your desk? You might want to re-think that as sitting has been claimed to be the new smoking. The American Journal of Epidemiology, found inactive women, who sat for more than six hours per day, had a 94% increased rate of mortality compared to more active peers who sat for less than three hours per day.
Spring Cleaning tip: Research suggests that we should get up and move every 30 minutes. Simple exercises such as shoulder and wrist rolls, flexing and pointing your feet can be done at your desk throughout the day. However, take opportunities to get up and walk around whenever possible: taking calls standing up, go and speak to a colleague in person rather than emailing, go for a walk in your lunch hour and always take the stairs.
3. Afternoon slump
When I see clients, one of the things I am interested in is how their energy levels are throughout the day. The most common time of day for an energy slump is the 3pm mark. This is the time of day most people will reach for a biscuit or some other sweet treat.
Spring Cleaning Tip: Eating nutrient dense foods and keeping well hydrated throughout the day is the key to sustained energy levels. Eat proteins, good fats and low glycemic carbohydrates at every meal. Keep nuts and seeds at your work station for when you do need a snack. And most importantly make sure you drink water throughout the day – it is essential for brain function. Following these top tips will not only keep you energised, but will also keep you fuller for longer thereby curbing the desire for sweet foods.
4. Always switched on
Being successful in business takes hard work. There’s no getting around it. That often translates into feeling like we have to be constantly available to take every call, respond urgently to every email and attend every meeting. But the more we do this, the more people expect it of us.
Spring clearing tip: I am a big believer in setting boundaries. Decide what hours you want to work each week and stick to them. Set your goals for the day, be focused, work hard and finish at your desired time knowing you have completed a productive day’s work. Use your email out of office responder to tell people when you are available and when you will reply to emails. Only check your email at certain points during the day and stay off social media.
5. Feeling stressed all the time
Stress is a good thing – it’s what keeps us alive! But when we are chronically stressed on a daily basis it can have seriously negative impact on the body: weakened immune system, sleep disturbances, increased likeliness of anxiety and depression, fatigue, digestion issues, muscle tension, heart palpitations and skin problems.
Spring clearing tip: See a homeopath! Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine in which we see the mind and body as one. When you see a homeopath they don’t see you a collection of symptoms but rather as the unique individual that you are. They will ask you a number of questions to try to understand and address the root cause of your problem. Homeopathy is a completely natural, non-toxic form of medicine that can be used by all ages. Treating my own problems with stress and anxiety is what bought me to homeopathy and it is an area I have a particular interest in treating.