From ex­hausted to re-en­er­gised

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH - WITH AU­THOR AND NU­TRI­TIONAL BIO­CHEMIST DR LIBBY Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

By the time I get home from work, I am ab­so­lutely ex­hausted. I know that I am partly re­spon­si­ble for this be­cause I get so caught up in get­ting through the day that I of­ten skip lunch. Do you have some sug­ges­tions for ways that I can bet­ter pro­tectmy en­ergy through­out the day? Christie.

Hello Christie. Firstly, good on you for be­ing so hon­est and want­ing to take good care of your­self. Se­condly, don’t skip lunch. This will be a ma­jor con­tribut­ing fac­tor to your fail­ing en­ergy at the end of the day.

I’m guess­ing you also go home starv­ing and ready to eat your own arm off which, for many peo­ple, leads to less nour­ish­ing food choices and goes a long way to per­pet­u­at­ing a cy­cle of poor en­ergy.

It is easy to get caught up in the day’s tasks and feel as though we don’t have a sin­gle spare mo­ment that we can com­mit to any­thing else. I have heard from many clients over the years that they just do what­ever they can to get through the day’s work. So of­ten though, that work fol­lows them home as well and if we’re not care­ful, we can end up in a cy­cle of be­ing avail­able 24/7 – again, an­other drain on our en­ergy.

There are a num­ber of ways we can con­serve our en­ergy through the day so we don’t fall into a heap on the couch when we get home feel­ing as though we can’t pos­si­bly move an­other step.

Of course, mak­ing sure our body is be­ing fed with loads of nour­ish­ing nu­tri­ents is one of those, so good on you for re­con­nect­ing with cook­ing your own vege filled meals. This is a great start. It might be that you need to also en­sure you are eat­ing enough pro­tein and fats from whole­foods.

Fur­ther­more, you might like to boost your nu­tri­ent in­take via a con­cen­trated green vegetable pow­der, which can help us to add even more nu­tri­tion to our daily rou­tine. Add a scoop to a glass of wa­ter or smoothie each day.

Pre­serv­ing our en­ergy may need to be­gin with some hard ques­tions. We of­ten have dead­lines and things that re­quire im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion, but is all of what is ab­sorb­ing our time ab­so­lutely ur­gent? Of­ten we can cut down on our daily work­load by chang­ing the way we man­age our time or learn­ing to set clearer bound­aries.

If you feel that you’re daily tasks are end­less and yet you con­tinue to take on more work, it’s help­ful to ex­plore why you might be find­ing it dif­fi­cult to say ‘‘no’’ or what you are afraid might hap­pen if you do. Also con­sider that when we say we don’t have time for some­thing, what we are re­ally say­ing is that some­thing just isn’t a pri­or­ity for us right now. We make time for what we pri­ori­tise.

It’s also im­por­tant to en­sure your body is not con­stantly in a stress re­sponse. To coun­ter­act this, en­gage with reg­u­lar restora­tive prac­tices and have daily rit­u­als that help you to

be­gin your day on the right foot­ing and wind down af­ter you come home. The rit­u­als might in­clude go­ing for a morn­ing walk, a daily grat­i­tude prac­tice, hav­ing a bath and/or play­ing re­lax­ing mu­sic. Restora­tive prac­tices in­clude yoga, di­aphrag­matic breath work, tai chi, qi gong or gen­tle Pi­lates.

Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the power of get­ting up and hav­ing a rest through­out your day. Set a re­minder on your com­puter each hour to get up, have a stretch and go for a brief walk around the of­fice.

Dr Libby has a new range of food-based nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments. Visit www.bioblends.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion. See dr­libby.com for her blog. Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best­selling au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this column is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional.

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Here are some ideas for those who get home from work ex­hausted and just col­lapse on the sofa.

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