That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to put 100 per cent of yourself into it – or even 80 per cent, let alone 90 per cent. Do that and you’ll become so sick of it and ill (both mentally and physically) that you won’t be able to participate any more.Find that a scary thought? Then read on in order to prevent business burnout. Zap the inconsistent Zzzzzzs It’s all too easy to sit up until the small hours finishing off a business plan or a customer design. Do this too often and your sleeping pattern goes up and down like a roller coaster. Consistency with when you go to bed and get up in the morning is crucial to making sure you get a good night’s sleep. Play about with it to your peril. Perk up your palette Cut out sugar and see your taste buds start to appreciate the deliciousness of fresh foods such as fruit and veg. They’ll make you feel calmer – something your customers and staff will appreciate. Enjoy them in a green smoothie, which takes mere minutes to make with a blender. The more fresh greens you consume, the less you’ll find yourself relying on artificial stimulants such as sugar and caffeine; you’ll not only feel better, but sleep and look better too. Employ those endorphins Endorphins are, of course, the “happy” chemicals our brain makes through exercise. They make us feel enthusiastic, empowered and relaxed. What’s not to like? The great thing is you don’t have to exercise for long before you begin to feel them start to arrive. A 30-minute run will do it, better still an hour in the gym, a cycle to and from the office, a swim at lunchtime or 40 minutes in the park with the dog will also perk you up no end and help to combat any business blues.
On the next page you’ll find out how to become fighting fit for your firm, with details on how to develop your attention span and get somewhat alternative.Image: Shutterstock
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