Published on: 19-Jan-2022
It’s widely known that the workplace can be a stressful environment, whichever industry you work in and whichever level of the professional tree you find yourself at. Even if you’re working remotely from the luxury of your own home and, for the most part, only interact with colleagues and clients on the telephone or across video conferencing applications such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, there are still targets that have to be met. Working from home can be just as stressful and anxiety-inducing as working in an office. Here we have come up with some tips on overcoming all this and performing to your optimal level at work. Carry on reading to find out more.
Sleep is Essential in Enabling You to Perform Well at Work
Getting plenty of sleep is widely thought of in many medical circles as the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Your body needs to get enough hours of sleep to stay healthy and fight off infectious diseases. Suffering from chronic problems related to a lack of sleep is also thought to considerably increase the risks of you developing conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Doctors recommend that adults’ ideal amount of sleep is 7-8 hours a night. Consistently getting 7-8 hours of sleep will directly impact your performance in the workplace. Starting the working day after not having enough sleep can really hinder your work performance. You will experience poor concentration, fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness and generally be a lot more prone to making errors at work.
The Link Between Looking after Your Gut and Your Performance at Work
Eating suitable types of food that contain ‘healthy bacteria’ and probiotics is essential for taking good care of your gut. Try and go for unprocessed foods instead of unhealthy processed food that are low in fiber and can cause you to develop diarrhea and stomach cramps.
A consistent lack of sleep can also increase your stress levels, which will, in turn, have a negative impact on your gut health. Gastrointestinal problems can lead to ‘brain fog’ where your thinking starts becoming sluggish, and you are no longer sharp enough to perform well and come up with results in the workplace. To find out more information on brain fog and how it may be an indication that you need to improve your gut health, check out Dr. Ruscio’s research-based guide on the subject.
Work on Keeping Your Brain Active
Much like any other muscle in your body, your brain needs to work out now and then so you can be as sharp and alert as possible when you are at work. Some great ways you can keep your brain active include reading books, card games, playing strategic board games like Chess and Battleship, sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, watching informative documentaries on television, and so on. Regardless of your age, you are always able to learn something new and develop. So doing your very best to try and keep your brain active will mean you can perform to the max at work.
Do you work in a particularly competitive profession, in an industry where you are constantly competing in some way with your colleagues? In which case, keeping your brain sharp and as active as possible is extremely important in enabling you to enjoy success in the workplace.
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