Ain’t no rest for the wicked. As Irish comedian, Dylan Moran, might quip: ‘I’m so tired/busy/burnt out, I can’t even spell my own face.’ Often there isn’t time or space for us to take that mental break. Why is it that we find some people to be more productive than we are? We begin weighing up all the facts in our minds. Our thoughts turn to intelligence: the other person is just smarter. Or perhaps they are experts at managing their own time. But besides creating a schedule of need-to-do tasks, there are several things you can do to boost your wellbeing and productivity.
Drink plenty of water
We all do it. Teachers go a day without a bite of their lunch or a few mouthfuls of water. Doctors and nurses are constantly on the run, prioritizing patient’s needs above their physical ones. As students, we mercilessly deny the body want it needs as we run between lectures and write essays in the interim. Water is a powerful conductor of electricity and the brain needs a lot of it to efficiently send and receive all the synaptic information. Drinking more water throughout the day improves brain function and our ability to process complex information. A chiropractic clinic I visited once advertised that the majority of people are constantly dehydrated. You know how foggy you feel if you are sleep deprived. So how is anyone supposed to operate with a dehydrated brain?
Boost your Vitamin C
As well as water, there are a few vitamins that many people are deficient in, these are: Vitamin C, Vitamin B (esp. B 12 and Niacin or B3) and magnesium. On a regular basis, we just don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables to get our daily intake, and when we choose to supplement Vitamin C, we usually don’t take enough. Dr Andrew Saul, author of Fire Your Doctor: How to Be Independently Healthy, has said dosing can help with weight loss and even chronic fatigue. More importantly it a powerful treatment for those suffering from depression.
Dogs and cats do it. They stretch when they get up and before they lie down. So, why don’t we? Regular stretching, even simple techniques, at 45 – 60 minute intervals, help not only relieve tension in the muscles, but also improve blood circulation and move lymph around the body. Stretching throughout the day is said to relieve pain and also aid our vital organs, such as the spleen and liver, to get rid of free-roaming toxins in the body. Do you sit in a chair all day? Our bodies were designed for movement. Set a reminder on your phone to get up and stretch periodically. You’ll feel better before you’ve even hit the gym!
Have you ever been driven up the wall by a problem you just couldn’t solve? Maybe your boss or professor wanted a critical essay on his desk by the following morning and you simply couldn’t start or get any cerebral flow happening? Take a break. It sounds so simple, but taking repeated breaks that are scheduled between and after we have completed a task, help improve focus, mental health and cognitive function. Studies have shown that making time for rest can boost productivity. It helps refocus the mind and enable it to sustain concentration and cognition for longer periods of time.
- By Jesse K. Short