By David Saunders | UPDATED: 07:42, 23 February 2020
According to national stats, the first Monday in February is the day when people are most likely to call in sick! Whether you’re actually feeling under the weather or just don’t feel to be at work, our experts offer their recommendations from keeping you healthy to boosting your motivation, feeling your best and aiming for that promotion instead of calling in sick this national sickie day.
Reduce the chances of coughs and colds by 40%
During the dark winter months its natural to want to stay in bed and call in sick, often due to sniffles. We’d all love to find a cure for the common cold, but how about reducing the chances of developing coughs and colds in the first place? The latest offering from Pro-Ven Probiotics shows this impressive result in their clinical trial. The new evidence suggests even more reasons to take a probiotic, 40% less coughs and colds. Look after more than your gut health with ShapeLine from Pro-Ven probiotics.
Taking one Pro-Ven ShapeLine probiotic capsule (RRP £29.50, available online at Holland & Barret and in stores nationwide from February) every day has impressive wellness benefits, which include a reduction in upper respiratory tract infections, i.e. coughs and colds. As a result of these benefits those taking ShapeLine had more energy and better moods than those not taking ShapeLine.
Implement Workplace Wellness
Workplace wellness can be hard to achieve in the age where you’re chained to your desk and lunch is eaten there too. This way of working is bound to make you want to call in sick! Try to incorporate more time for wellness at your workplace to help boost your productivity. According to Leading London Nutritionist Lily Soutter (www.lilysoutternutrition.com).“Our workplace diet can significantly impact our health”. Lily states that when you eat the right food, you create positive energy, which sets the right conditions to succeed.”
Lily believes the key here is to meal plan, which you can do for the whole family!
Shop online: Meal planning can be done from the comfort of your sofa and save hours of time when planning! You can also easily find and re-order your favourite foods within seconds.
Batch cook: Batch cooking such as soups, curries and casseroles, is key to making healthy eating much simpler. Batch cooking saves time not only with planning, but prepping and even cooking!. You can also freeze your dish to enjoy it later as a healthy frozen ready meal.
Try meal planning apps: If you’re in need of recipe inspirations why not use apps such as Yummly – Yummly can help with recipe inspiration so you’ll never get bored. Once you’ve picked what you want to eat, a shopping list is automatically created for you.
Use your rest days to plan ahead for the week: Why not use your Sunday to organise and plan your meals for the week ahead. “The weekend should be a time to check your cupboards and take a stock count. Preparation really is the key to diet success!
Keep things simple: One of the secrets to sustain healthy eating is to cook with simplicity. “Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated, simple 5 ingredient meals are just as healthy as those with long ingredient lists. Cookbooks such as Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients or So Vegan in 5 are perfect for those looking for simplicity when meal planning.
Re Energise With The Gold Standard Multivitamin
If you’re lacking in energy it’s tempting to stay in bed and avoid work, consider a high-quality multivitamin to put a spring back in your step! Natures Plus Source of Life Gold (RRP £44.95,www.revital.co.uk) is the gold standard for whole-food based supplementation. With revolutionary all-natural ingredients and more energising, antioxidant and anti-ageing power than ever before. With an irresistible delicious tropical flavour, Natures Plus Source of Life Gold Liquid provides a complete daily vitamin profile of 13 vitamins and 8 minerals – all in one 30ml dose a day! It tastes great from the bottle or mixed into your favourite beverage, it’s also gluten free and vegan certified.
Manage Stress & Anxiety With Mindfulness
The new mindfulness toolkit from ThinkWell-LiveWell (www.thinkwell-livewell.com) has numerous programmes to help support a healthier and happier you – including their ‘well in mind’ programme, which focuses on mental agility, control of stress and habits. We all know it can be difficult to feel calm when time is short and pressure is on especially when you’re trying to find that elusive work-life balance!
Why not take some time to practice some mindfulness? TWLW offers a Quick Stress Buster 5 minute programme that will relax, centre and restore you and you can visit these quick reboots easily during your day! It takes 21 days to form a new habit so why not sign up to ThinkWell-LiveWell for a month for £8.00 and see how much self-development could help you on your journey, no matter how busy you are.