By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 26 June 2020
Almost half (48%) of employee respondents experience workplace stress and anxiety over the summer months and a staggering 70% of working parents suffer from stress pre and during the summer holidays, according to new research by Westfield Health.
If you’re struggling to find that work life balance and you can’t seem to leave your work at work, Leading London Nutritionist, Lily Soutter (www.lilysoutternutrition.com) is here to help. Lily, who specialises in Workplace Wellness, shares her top six tips to help you have a high energy work day, so that when 5:30 hits, you can enjoy the evening with your loved ones without stressing that your to do list is far from done.
1. Get off the blood sugar roller coaster
A blood sugar high, always results in a blood sugar crash. This crash can be a top cause for energy slumps throughout the day and can stimulate cravings further a sugary ‘quick fix’. Stick to foods which keep you fuller for longer by combining fibre rich carbohydrates with a source of protein. Consume protein in little and often amounts and always start your day with a protein rich breakfast.
Protein sources include lean meats, fish, eggs, yoghurt, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, beans & pulses.
2. Ditch the white carbs and opt for whole grains
It’s the additional fibre in whole grains that keeps blood sugar levels stable and prevents energy crashes.
Try instead whole grain bread or pasta, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, amaranth, brown rice, wild rice or oats.
3. Avoid the food coma at lunch
Sometimes afternoon drowsiness can simply be down to eating too much at lunchtime. Try to have a smaller but satisfying lunch. Remember to follow the food plate guide for optimal energy.
4. Befriend green tea
Green tea contains a special substance called L-Theanine, which has shown to stimulate a feeling of relaxed alertness and clarity. This is a great way to give you an afternoon energy boost without the worry of staying up all night.
5. Stay hydrated
Dehydration can lead to fatigue, lack of concentration and reduce efficiency throughout the day. If you struggle with plain water, then try infusing water overnight with fresh berries, ginger, lemon or mint.
Fruit and herbal teas all count to your daily water intake. Aim for 8 glasses per day.
6. Stay active, reduce stress and get plenty of sleep
If you’re feeling sluggish throughout the day, then movement can help to jolt us out of our lethargic state. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress, boost energy and even mood. Break up your day with a quick power walk around the block or even try a walking meeting!
Sleep is the foundation for an energetic and productive work day. Avoid screen time 1-2 hours before bed, and enjoy calming teas such as valerian root or lemon balm for a more restful nights sleep.