I love winter.
From the mental boost that comes from a frosty morning to the cosiness that comes from curling up under the blankets at night, it really is one of my favourite times of the year.
Now, as much as I love winter there are of course some disadvantages.
It is not uncommon to feel lethargic, hungrier than usual and even downright depressed during winter.
So, here are 5 highly effective and immediately actionable strategies to help you get through winter...
Welcome to the most festive month of the year, full of celebration, good times with family, friends & colleagues and over indulgence on a grand scale.
It's also the time of year you see lots of blog posts and YouTube videos about how to "survive" the silly season by staying super disciplined and only eating salad at Christmas parties...
You did it again didn't you?
You woke up feeling like you've been hit by a brick wall.
I jerked my head upright a split second before it hit the table.
That was the 5th time now.
Today's post is a short one, I promise it'll take only a few minutes to read and will be totally worth your time.
As you may have figured out from the title, today's post is about breakfast.
Happy New Year!
I know I'm about a week late but that is exactly my point.
By this stage most people who made new years resolutions on the 1st of January have dropped them already and regressed to their previous bad habits.
Which is why I'm chiming in now to give you a friendly kick in the butt.
So if you want to make 2016 your best year yet but you're not quite sure if you have the energy to do it, here are some strategies for you to implement today to get yourself back on track...
I consider myself a writer.
Certainly not a full time writer but one who has written many blog posts and articles along with 2 eBooks over the past 6 years.
My personal definition of a writer is basically anyone who sits down to write anything, whether that be a personal journal, fiction or non fiction blog posts and articles, training materials for the workplace or anything else.
Most writers I know talk about days when they're in the zone and spewing forth words at an incredible rate and also those days where they sit down only to bang their head against the table for an entire hour.
Now, putting all arguments about writers block aside for the moment, let's focus on fatigue and what you can do to reduce your head banging days and maximise your productive ones.
Here are 5 strategies that I find very useful for minimising fatigue and maximising focus when writing...
Are you a morning coffee drinker?
If so, have you noticed that some mornings your first coffee feels like a roundhouse kick to the face from a flaming ninja?
But then other mornings you can barely feel a thing?
What's with that?
Well, the good news is that it's not entirely random and there are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting a big kick every single time.
Here's what you can do...
I love a glass of red wine at the end of the day.
In fact, right now I'm sipping on a lovely South Australian red while I type this.
Depending on where you are in the world, it is estimated that 70 to 80% of people who are 18 years or older have consumed alcohol at least once in their life and most of these people consume it regularly.
Most scientists agree that alcohol can be consumed long term with little to no side effects as long as it is consumed in moderation.
The problem however, is that something as fun as alcohol rarely gets consumed in moderation.
Now apart from heart health, liver health and immune function concerns what impact can alcohol have on our daily energy levels?
Odds are you, like most people, have been a victim of excess fatigue.
Have you ever had the privilege of experiencing a hangover?
You know, that feeling of being some kind of wounded zombie who cannot think straight and who's only priority is curling up into a ball and trying to shut out the world?
We feel you.
Over the years people have gone on and on about hangover cures and different strategies to help minimise the damage but none of them really do that much at the end of the day.
In our opinion, the best way to cure a hangover is to prevent it even happening in the first place.
There is some debate as to what specifically causes a hangover but most scientists agree that a depletion of electrolytes is often the biggest culprit.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
What is Pantothenic Acid?
Known as the "anti-stress" vitamin by many, this little guy has been shown to help directly replenish the "adrenal glands" or help put more fuel back in the tank if you're feeling empty.