Feeling at bit off? Tips to regain focus

Feeling at bit off? Tips to regain focus

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little more tired than usual.  Maybe it’s the colder grey days that create the need to hibernate a bit more.  If you’re finding you’re feeling stressed out, unfit, run down and/or consuming a nutritionally poor diet, your immune system may be struggling.  This can make us more prone to picking any cold or virus that’s floating around.  For me, things have been feeling like they’re in slow motion lately!  So I’ve been making a keen effort to practice what I preach to help boost my energy and motivation.

Here are some of the steps I’ve been trying to apply to help regain focus:

  • Reduce stress – being stressed reduces immune system function, our energy levels and our physical and mental wellbeing.  Make sure you incorporate regular time-out, meditation (try Smiling Mind) and/or ‘green’ time, such as walking outdoors or playing with pets.
  • Enjoy regular exercise – remaining active may reduce the risk of contracting a cold by up to 46%; it also releases those feel good endorphins, can boost metabolism and best of all, gets us up off the couch or desk!
  • Sleep – aim for 7 to 8 hours each night to restore energy and increase resilience.
  • Eat your vegies (and fruits!) – at least three cups of fresh vegetables and/or salad, plus two serves of fresh fruit every day! Fill your plate with a rainbow of colour to ensure an abundance of essential nutrients and antioxidants that will help support healthy immune system.
  • Read and/or listen to podcasts and audiobooks – I’ve been trying to switch off from the TV a bit more and use the time to read.  The bonus to this is that I actually find I sleep much better reading
    in the evening rather than scrolling through my phone, laptop or watching TV.  In the car I aim to listen to audiobooks or podcasts.  Some of my favourite podcasts at the moment are: LoveLifeThe Wellness Guys and MindfulBiz.  I also recently finished The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown on audiobook and thought it was excellent!
  • Practice Gratitude!  This is one I easily forget, however I notice the difference when I use this tool regularly.  Check out my other blog post on gratitude here.

Don’t forget, you can also access my Feel Good Guide by opting in to our Newsletter updates (on the Home page, click here) for more helpful tips.

Do you have any extra tips that help improve your energy and motivation?  Feel free to comment below.

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