What’s so secret about that, you might be thinking, I do it automatically?
Yes, we do, and as you know, our breathing alters when we’re asleep and during exercise. Our breathing also alters when we are anxious, frightened, excited and during periods of concentration.
At the end of an intense concentration period we will feel great, with what we have accomplished but can easily feel drained of energy, achy and maybe suddenly recognise you have a headache. This happens because when we’re busy working, concentrating intently on the task at hand and problem solving, we can become totally unaware of what is going on around us.
- We become very focused visually, creating eye strain.
- We may be sitting very still for a long period of time becoming stiff.
- Our breathing becomes shallow, restricting oxygen levels to our blood system, hence affecting our whole body.
- We can easily forget about needing to eat and drink, reducing our energy levels.
Even though you may not feel like it, it’s important to get yourself up out of your chair and out into the fresh air and get your body and lungs moving.
5 Tips on how to re-energise your body
- Get up out of your chair and out into the fresh air. If time is short then do what you can, five minutes is better than nothing but if you can give yourself fifteen minutes that’s even better. Whilst outside stretch your body lifting your arms in the air as if stretching from a good night’s sleep. This will help you to expand your lungs and get them working more effectively again. Take some deep breaths making sure you use your abdomen to force the excess air out and inhale giving a good exchange of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. This technique will help to re-oxygenate your blood supply system, forcing it around your body to keep your organs healthy.
- Try and get out into a green space. The colours, the sounds and the smells will be more inducive to positive, energizing thoughts. At first you might only hear the sound of the local traffic but extend your senses and listen out for the sounds you want to hear, such as the birds, the wind in the tree, children laughing and the happy chatter of the passersby.
- After focusing at a close distance, you need to begin to relieve the eye strain that you might be experiencing from looking at the computer screen and papers at close range. Look into the distance and really notice what you can see. Refocus on something in the middle distance, again really looking to see what you notice and then focus on what is close to you such as the foliage around you or the patterns on the architecture you are walking past. Take note of the differences in colours, patterns, and angles and then repeat this process to get the muscles in your eyes really working.
- If possible go for a brisk walk or jog, as this will also help you to not only re-oxygenate your body but will loosen up those joints that may have become stiff from sitting still for such a long period. You may also have realized how cold you have become and this exercise will help you get the heart rate flowing and begin to warm you up and help keep your metabolism up and the calories burning.
- Make sure you drink regularly. Drinking regularly is important, we can easily start to get de-hydrated which is also going to have an effect on our longer term concentration levels. Preferably drink something with a high water content but low sugar and caffeine. Make yourself a snack of a handful of nuts or fruit to get your nutritional levels back in balance again. This will help to re-energise your body and raise your blood sugar levels. Ideally to keep our blood sugar levels at an even keel, we need to eat a small snack every two hours so that our body and brain can keep alert.
These tips might be obvious but how many times at the end of a busy working day have you felt zombied out, reaching for the coffee, alcohol, chocolate bar, packet of crisps, feeling too pooped, making playing with the kids a chore and not making the most of your evening. Yes, these sugary and caffeine rich foods will give you a quick fix of energy to get you into a place where you’re feeling more alive but it will be short lived swiftly followed by an energy slump. If you’re not careful this slump will embed a behavioural cycle of craving high sugary and caffeine drinks and foods, consuming them, feeling great and revived, the slump and so the cycle continues.
Looking after your mind, body and soul might only mean small changes to your regime.
If you are wanting to make changes to your working lifestyle but not sure how to approach it then contact Cath Lloyd a West Midlands based Lifestyle and Stress Management Coach to help you revise your energy levels reach your goals more easily. Catherine is also putting on a Stress Relief Awareness Day. This is going to be a great event on Sunday 1st November to help you find the natural way in managing your stress. Follow the link to find out more and book your place.
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