by Guest Blogger, Lawrence Francis
Lawrence has designed a unique program that combines a tried and tested approach to health and well-being. It is underpinned by extensive research and proven to work no matter what your existing level of health. Having founded his own business – Hardwiring A Healthier Lifestyle – he works with clients from a starting place of assessing their current stress levels, unique nutritional requirements and motivation to change. Lawrence’s approach is designed to fit in with your existing high work demands, make you more resilient to the stresses of everyday life and give you back more energy to enjoy life.
It’s common to be a little reluctant to apply mindfulness techniques at work, especially if we hold the opinion that they’re only applicable to people who follow Buddhism or who already lead an ‘alternative lifestyle’ (whatever that might be!). As a result, many people never get started with mindfulness, which is a real shame.
Mindfulness has been shown to increase productivity and reduce stress, so for those reasons alone it definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. In truth, it’s easy to practise mindfulness at work – the best part is that you don’t need to tell anyone else that you’re doing it, unless you want to.
I am going to share three techniques to help you become more mindful at work and the key to their success is that they’re used alongside something you do every day – eating. Mindful eating is so useful, because not only does it give your mind a lift, it also helps you digest your food and feel more alert afterwards.
The first technique can be applied before you even start eating.
We often eat without thinking about it. Why not allow the body to prepare by establishing a pre-routine around 30 minutes before you eat?
This might involve drinking a glass of water, or eating a small piece of fruit, thus priming the digestive system.
The body works hard to digest your food once you’ve finished eating, so give it some warning.
The second technique is about fully engaging with your food.
We perform better when concentrating on one thing at a time, so try giving your meal your full concentration. How often do eat at your desk, on the internet or even still working?
Put away the phone or laptop and become aware of the texture and taste that each mouthful brings.
This experience can be further heightened by eating with your hands. This is sometimes frowned upon, but there are many foods that can be eaten with the hands and getting tactile with our food is another way to connect with what we’re eating.
Try eating ‘on purpose’, thinking about the energy that the meal will give you.
The third technique is about taking responsibility for what you are eating.
Too often, we eat whatever is on offer or catches our eye when lunchtime comes. Generally, we don’t make sound decisions when hungry and can overeat or choose foods are not the healthiest.
So why not bring your own food to work? This may require some preparation the night before, but what better gift to give yourself the next day at work than a great tasting home cooked meal.
The final tip is to discover your Metabolic Type and make more mindful food choices. We are all as unique on the inside as we are on the outside, processing and reacting to food differently. Once you know your Metabolic Type you can take responsibility for how you feel afterwards and can choose less of what your body struggles to digest, and more of what will leave you energised.
“I am happy to offer Incendo readers a free Metabolic Typing test and video feedback. To take me up on this offer simply click here.”
Psychologist & Founder of Hardwiring A Healthier Lifestyle