Nutrition and best practice healthful habits to avoid the mid-aay slump.
You know the feeling all too well: the clock reads 3pm on a Tuesday, you still have hours of work ahead of you, and yet your eyes begin to feel heavy and you start to lose focus. Maybe you skipped breakfast, or even lunch as well, but with your busy work schedule, sometimes these things fall through the cracks.
What do you do?
Perhaps you reach for another cup of coffee or a soda. Maybe you run to the vending machine and grab a bag of chips. These may seem like small things, but they can have quite an impact on your health and performance at work.
While it is not something we often think about, making poor nutritional choices can have an impact on more than just our waistlines.
When we eat too much or not enough, it can directly impact our work. While most people tend to prioritize getting their work done, what gets lost is the importance of health and wellbeing. Besides being important for your overall health, taking steps to build healthy habits at work can also improve your productivity.
For example, if you skip breakfast, you could end up slowing down and limiting the amount of work you are able to get done that day.
You may also end up overeating at lunch, which could make you even more tired in the afternoon. If you take the time to plan for meals and snacks, the amount of time will be trivial compared with the positive impact on your health. It may even save you time by allowing you to focus on your work instead of feeling tired or even “crashing” in the afternoon.
Making time for meals can also affect our mood. When we skip meals, although we may not notice, we tend to become more irritable, which has the potential to impact our professional relationships.
There are many reasons to practice healthful habits and it does not have to be a burden.
There are small, simple you can make to your daily routine that can have an impact on how you feel throughout the day at work.
When my clients are struggling with workplace fatigue and burnout, I always recommend these tips to help them improve their energy and mood throughout the day. Taking time for yourself and remembering that your health is a priority can be beneficial, especially when you are running your own business.
If you take the time to take care of yourself, you will only improve how you care for others. Try working these small changes into your routine to avoid that 3pm burnout.
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About the author
Gena Seraita is a Registered Dietitian based in the New York City area. She received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and from the University of Delaware in 2010 where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She has years of experience working in top ranked hospitals providing nutritional care to acutely ill patients which she incorporates into her overall practice. She uses her experience to help clients achieve balance and create positive relationships with food that go beyond fad diets to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Gena remains focused on providing nutritional advice that is founded in evidence-based science and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Instagram Handle: @genaseraita_rd and Twitter: @GenaSeraitaRD