Tips to Help You Feel better, Live Better: Part 3

In the last of our series of clearing away all those little nuggets of negativity, we ponder five more things that you may like to consider whilst reaching for a better you.

You know deep down that you are capable of more, but something is smothering you like a canopy of doubt and negative feeling. In “Tips to Help You Feel Better, Live Better:” Part 1 and Part 2, we suggested some options for you to de-clutter, de-stress and clean up certain aspects that might be a hindrance to how you live.

Here are a few more avenues of thought you might like to explore.

1. The Inability to Say “No”

You’re a giving person with a kind heart.  You live to give and it’s your defining characteristic. The trouble is, people know that and while they don’t deliberately take advantage of you, it can easily become a, “oh, let’s ask Bert to do it, he won’t mind, he always helps” situation.

Your heart may be huge, but no one is an island and by not knowing how to say no sometimes, resentment can grow. Sometimes, no – you haven’t got time to just pick up some stuff from the store. No, you wouldn’t like to buy some girl scout cookies. No, you don’t want to go out tonight.

Make “me” time for yourself. You deserve it!

2. Working Vacations

If you are on vacation, it means you are on a break. This is the perfect metaphor for recharging the batteries. The brain and body are on a timeout. There are no emails, no invoices, no phone calls, no meetings, no deadlines.

When you are on a break, it’s precisely that. A break. Turn off the phone; leave the laptop behind. By allowing the body to take a break, you can come back more effective, productive and creative. So lie back, soak up that sun and sip on that fancy cocktail. You worked hard for it and this is why you work as hard as you do.

3. Skipping Breakfast

How many times did your mother tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It’s perfectly true. You wouldn’t set out for a long road trip without filling the tank, so why would you go about your day without fueling up with some good food?  Long after you have finished eating your evening meal, the body is still using what you ate while you sleep, so waking up in the morning, your body will need to be replenished with more nourishment. If you don’t, you quickly end up feeling lethargic and hunger pangs won’t be far away. Once the hunger pangs start, you will not be able to concentrate properly.

Reebok Spartan Race recommends whole grains, lean protein and fruit. Try oatmeal, wheat toast with almond butter and perhaps a cup of coffee.

4. Are You Getting Enough Iron in Your Diet?

Are you are feeling sluggish, lethargic and weak? Are you always a big grumpy and crabby pants because you can’t concentrate on what you are doing? If you don’t have enough iron in your diet, you might be tired because the deficiency is causing a lack of oxygen to travel to the muscles and cells.

Foods high in iron like kidney beans, tofu, dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, nuts and peanut butter are excellent for this. If you marry these foods together with some vitamin C – as vitamin C boosts iron absorption in the body if you consume them at the same time –you’ll feel much better. Additionally, your risk of anemia will decrease when you boost your iron intake.
As an aside, finding yourself displaying a lack of iron in your diet may warrant a visit to your doctor, as this may point to an underlying health problem.

5. Staying Up Late on the Weekend

So, it’s the weekend. You don’t have to get up at 5:30am on Sunday, so you party hard on Saturday night and sleep in. Where’s the harm in that? You’re still getting your eight hours, so where’s the problem?

All too often, sleeping late on Sunday means getting to sleep that evening will be more difficult and lead to a horrible Monday morning. It’s not Monday that is your enemy, it’s your sleep pattern and the punishment you give it over the previous 48 hours.

Trust in the virtues of the power nap. It’s Sunday – who cares if you grab a 20-30 minute nap? It allows the body to recharge quickly and it means you don’t have to enter deeper or R.E.M. sleep which can actually cause you to wake up even more tired. Regulate a pattern. Give your body what it craves and it will love you right back.

Through it all, remember that your body is your vehicle. It’s your engine, your wheels, it’s what you use to crush the Reebok Spartan Race courses. Vehicles need care. They need servicing; they need fuel and oil.

Make sure you stay on top of this and you can rev your engine and attack those courses and obstacles in top gear.

See you at the finish line!