Take Care of Yourself.

11 Jan 2017

The world is becoming more fast-paced each day, and unfortunately, the easy way of keeping up with it means sacrificing our wellbeing. Many people sleep and eat too little, don't exercise enough, drink too much coffee and not enough water, and spend most of their time working.

 

What they don't realise is that working in this manner is not only inefficient, but detrimental to their physical and mental wellbeing. It may feel like you are getting a lot of work done at first, but this kind of lifestyle will catch up with you, eventually. So, the time to change is now.

 

It is truly incredible how a change in perspective can make a world of difference. Now, the scientist in me has had enough with discussing the problem, let's look different aspects of the solution.

 

Sleep early

Even if you don't wake up early at first, force yourself to go to bed at a specific and early time every single day. Eventually, you will start waking up early.

 

Wake up early

The early hours of the morning (especially before sunrise) are the best for doing tasks which require a lot of brainpower. So, if you do wake up early, do some work for a couple of hours before beginning your day. You will find that you will have a lot less to do for the rest of the day. Do not look at your emails or your phone during this time. Be sure to drink at least a litre of water while you're working, then enjoy a nice, big breakfast after.

 

Exercise

Every day, for a minimum of 20 minutes. You might think you are too busy for this, but 20 minutes plus a shower is just half an hour of your day. If you want to fit it in, you will. Be sure to mix it up by doing aerobic and anaerobic exercise on alternate days.

 

Eat at least three meals a day

Never, ever skip a meal. Oats are best for the morning as their high fibre content will keep you going until lunch. Lunch is the time to indulge in carbs, if you must. Keep dinner light and healthy, to prepare you for a nice sleep.

 

If you really need a pick-me-up, switch your coffee for matcha tea

Matcha is made of green tea leaves. Having matcha tea is like having green tea on steroids. The taste and stimulant effect is much greater than that of the usual infusion. The beauty of matcha is that you can make a latte with it, just like you would with coffee. In fact, as matcha comes in powder form, you can mix it with just about anything. Most importantly, I personally find its stimulant effect to be much more gentle than coffee - I don't get really hyper and then really tired within a couple of hours, I just feel energised right away, and never actually realise when its effect has run out.

 

I'm aware that all of these are always talked about. They are very simple and very obvious, but what is incredible is how many people don't actually do them. Reminders are always beneficial, no matter how obvious they may be. We know what's good for us, let's start doing it.

 

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