We often consider the effects that health and wellness has on our body, but how often do we look at our mind?
The mind is encased in the body, after all, and managing your wellness can give a better sense of mind, more happiness, focus, energy, productivity, and generally lead to a healthier mind.
Here are four wellness tips for keeping your mind alert:
Dehydration happens before we feel thirst – at that point we’re already dehydrated.
Lacking hydration leads to tiredness, lethargy, difficulty focusing and poor mood. Simply drinking more water can increase alertness, focus and energy levels.
Try to drink water throughout the day, at least 8 glasses (2 litres) as a minimum. Maintaining hydration will maintain energy and focus surprisingly well. Keep a big bottle of water at your desk and make sure you finish it by the end of the day, to make this easy.
A good night’s sleep is vastly underrated in our culture. This is detrimental not only to our health, but also mental wellbeing, energy and alertness.
Sleep is when your body resets, clears out the waste (mentally and physically) from the previous day, and recovers your energy.
Lack of sleep will keep stress levels high, and detract from your ability to focus on what you’re doing.
Try to sleep 7 – 9 hours per night, in a pitch-black room (no lights or electronics), and sleep/wake at approximately the same time each day to keep your circadian rhythm balanced.
There’s a good chance you are only using about 40 per cent of your lung capacity. You’re not going to suffocate, but it is far from optimal.
Long, deep breathes bring in oxygen, which is essential for every single cell in your body, including your brain.
Spending a few minutes every couple of hours to check into your breath, close your eyes and take 10 deep inhale-exhale’s, will keep you energetic, focused, and de-stressed; to maintain solid mental performance, without focus drifting elsewhere.
Ever have a sugary snack and soon want to fall asleep on the sofa? What we eat impacts our alertness a lot more than most people realise.
A healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish will give you sustainable energy and focus throughout the day, without the mid-afternoon crash.
If you need sugary snacks as a pick-me-up to get through the day, you want to take a look at hydration and your diet in general.