Look at John ↑ ↑ ↑ (yes, that’s the guy from the picture above). Do you see his face? This is how most of us look on Mondays.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. With just a few tweaks you can jump-start your week and make it much more productive. And happier.
Don’t be like John. Learn how our 5 healthy habits can help you.
5 healthy habits to jump-start your week
1. Take Sundays off
If you are like me, your typical week is a week of nonstop technology.
As more and more things go online it’s easier now than ever to never stop working. Smartphones, social media, and the expectation to be available all the time make our lives stressful.
That’s why it’s a good idea to take Sundays off to mentally restore yourself and get some rest from smartphones and PCs. Leave your e-mail alone, turn off all notifications on your smartphone and just rest.
A proper rest on Sunday will help you jump-start your week and be more productive.
2. Get enough sleep
Unless you are a superhuman you need between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep per night. There are people who can get as less as 6 hours and they are fine, while others can’t function normally even after 9 hours of sleep.
Don’t lie to yourself. Sleep as much as you need to feel rested. If you can’t function normally without a cup of coffee it means that you didn’t get enough sleep last night.
Lack of sleep will not only make you less productive during the week. There’s a strong relationship between sleep and health. Lack of sleep can cause high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.
3. Eat breakfast
The old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” sounds a bit corny but it’s actually true.
Many studies have shown that skipping breakfast might have bad consequences (we are talking about increased risk of heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity) but since we are only trying to get more out of our week, here is why breakfast is so important:
Food is fuel. Breakfast is so important because it affects every dimension of your being during the day. Breakfast directly influences your mental and physical performance. It raises your energy level and restores glucose level after an overnight fast.
Without breakfast, you won’t be able to make the most of every day.
4. Add veggies and fruits to your diet
I could write a book, or two, on how important veggies and fruits are, but three things make them special: vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Especially the latter is important to keep active you through the week
Fiber can only be found in plant foods. Fiber not only gets bad cholesterol out of your arteries but also keeps your digestive system running smoothly. This can directly affect how you feel and how energetic you are during the week.
If you have no chance of adding more vegetables to your diet, some supplements like Chlorella can help you out.
And finally, move your ass.
Exercise will improve your energy levels by strengthening the circulation of blood and the heart.
The more you exercise the more energy you will have. It might seem counterintuitive but best ways to beat fatigue and boost energy is to exercise. Active weekend can lead to week full of energy.