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You're hoping to feel energized and focused throughout the day. Yet by 2pm, your energy sags. You have heaps of emails to get through, presentations to deliver, and two or three more meetings in the long hours ahead. You grab a cookie at your desk, drink another coffee and keep going, all the while feeling more and more depleted. The demands, deadlines, and expectations piling up at a crazy pace leaves you feeling exhausted.
You wonder whether or not sustaining your energy and performance is just an elusive dream. Faster, bigger, more and more. This ethos of our business life is grounded in a totally misguided notion: the assumption that, as humans, we operate in a linear and sustainable fashion. “The reality is that we are not designed to run like a computer; continuously at high speed for long periods of time. Humans are not linear,” explains Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz in The Power of Full Engagement. Instead, our bodies and our brains function rhythmically.
The beating of our hearts, our respiration, muscles, cellular function, and, most importantly, mental concentration are pulse-like, alternating through states of contraction and expansion. The human battery must be recharged; brief periods of recovery and restoration are essential for boosting energy and maintaining peak performance. Annual leave is great, as well as restful weekends. However, the need to recharge is far more immediate and is, in fact, a daily prerequisite. A new and growing body of scientific research demonstrates that strategic ‘turbo-charging’ – which includes improved workouts, short power naps, longer slumbers and superfood-packed diets – boosts productivity, mental stamina, job performance and, of course, energy.
Here are the five best ways to turbo charge your daily energy.
Our bodies need to recharge to maintain peak performance throughout the day. Coffee and sugary snacks can only guarantee a crash later on and the weekends can’t fix the current slump. By getting enough sleep, eating nutrient-rich foods, exercising regularly, and taking the time to breathe, we can turbo-charge our bodies to ensure that we have the energy to take on the day at full force.
Dr. Linda Friedland is a medical doctor, media personality, best-selling author of seven books and sought-after international speaker. She is an authority on executive and corporate health, women’s wellbeing, as well as stress management, resilience, and performance.
With a professional career of more than 20 years in clinical medicine and over a decade of healthcare advisory and consulting, Dr Friedland is a leading authority on health and performance. She is an international advisor to many of Fortune and Forbes' top global companies, and she designs and implementshealth, lifestyle, and disease prevention programs. A highly-rated international speaker for numerous global organizationsand an author of several books, she has spoken in more than 30 countries in the past few years. She travels frequently to deliver keynotes and consult for corporations throughout Asia, North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. Linda consults on corporate health andwellbeing as well as women’s health, leadership and performance.
She is also advisory board member for several international healthcare companies including the Shanghai-based JUCCE (Joint US–China Collaboration on Clean Energy) and the China —A New Way to Eatinitiative: a project of the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Friedlandresides mostly in Australia and is married to Peter, a surgeon. She is a mother of five.