It's decided: this year the stress and fatigue of the return to work won’t get the best of me. To prolong the benefits of the vacations and ensure a smooth transition, I put together a short list of tips to stay on top and get back to work strong.
I'm taking in more sun
Even at the end of the summer, the days are still long and the sun is still good. I take advantage of it and try to spend as much time as possible outside for activities like having lunch in a park close to work, drinking coffee on a terrace, reading a book on the balcony or organizing outdoors activities on weekends. Natural light is beneficial because it acts directly on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates the secretion of hormones and controls appetite, libido, sleep, mood, energy ... In short, enjoying the sun is a key aspect in overall wellbeing!
Against stress, I breathe
This year, stress will not spoil the positive energy accumulated this summer. How to fight it? Breathe through the nose. By practicing a few simple exercises, the simple habit is fast and effective. Even in the office, I take a few minutes to breathe deeply and relieve tension.
I reinstate a food structure
After the freedom of the holidays, I return to balanced meals at regular times. First, I always attack the day by having a real lunch. It is a capital meal not to be neglected. Then, at noon, at the office, I prefer to have a lunch. To avoid hyper-processed industrial products. Finally, in the evening, I opt for a light dinner so as not to disturb my sleep. Among other habits to keep after the summer: good hydration, little sugar.
For daydreams? I eat an apple, a pear, some grapes, a banana or dried fruits. Not only am I full of vitamins and in the last two cases, magnesium, a trace element essential to resist stress and fatigue. A great way to be in good shape for this busy season.
I sleep well
Sleeping well is essential to be at the top of one's physical and intellectual abilities. Quality sleep should be sufficient: an average of 8 hours per night. No more long summer evenings with friends ... and late awakenings. I find a steady rhythm - except exception! :D
I play sports
Moving is good for health, morale and tone! So I choose my favorite activity and practice it regularly. Tennis, running, swimming, gym ...: the important thing is to move!
I "boost" my plate
The first step to increase my energy is to become aware of what I eat.
I prefer seasonal products and fill up on vitamin C to fight against fatigue (red peppers, papaya, kiwi, orange, mango ...). I increase the amount of fiber on my plate to help me digest (onions, artichokes, asparagus, leeks, broccoli ...). I'm full of smoothies to place fruits and vegetables at the center of my diet and varies sources of protein with 100% natural vegetable protein.
Here, with these few tips, you have everything you need to get back to work strong!