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Success A t Y o ur B e s t
Y ou know what makes you look great to your boss? Falling asleep at your
desk. Hey, it’s one less paycheck to sign. We all know the pain of that
mid-day slump, but there are a few simple tricks you can use to avoid
getting caught snoring on the job. Next time you feel like your face is
about to plop down on the clock, skip the Red Bull and try one of these tips instead.
About to start snoring in your chair? Well, we know what it’s time
for. No, not that candy bar you’ve got hiding in your desk drawer.
Get off your butt! Even five minutes of brisk physical activity will
do wonders for your energy level, while that Snickers will have you
drifting off to dreamland once the sugar-high burns off. If your boss
won’t let you sneak outside with the smokers, do a few laps around
the cubicles. A little mild stretching is also a fantastic energy booster,
as are high-kicks, cartwheels and flips. Talk about office spirit!
Do your eyelids feel oddly heavy after those mid-day
excursions to Burger King? Well, there’s a reason for that.
Fast foods are crammed with sugar, fat and salt. And
giving your body a large dose of that particularly unholy
trinity is a lot like telling it you’re planning on hibernating
sometime soon. Next time you’re feeling peckish on the job, skip the fries and opt for
foods that’ll fuel your brain instead of sedating it. Almonds, yogurt, dark chocolate, fresh
fruit and popcorn are all great snacks that’ll keep your motor running that extra mile.
Admit it — what’s the first thing most of us do when we start
feeling worn out? Reach for that trusty Cup o’ Joe, of course. But
downing the black gold might be like throwing gasoline on a forest
fire. Depending on how much coffee you drink during the day,
consuming more can actually decrease your energy level. In fact,
that lovely burst of energy you get after your first cup is actually the
result of how caffeine stimulates your adrenal glands. But pumping
your body with too much adrenaline will leave you drained and
exhausted. Switch to water — at least after your third cup.
Fitness has always been a hot topic. I find
60% of my clients who come to me for
emotional issues also have weight problems.
This actually inspired me to recently add a
weight management program to my practice.
There are three aspects of your life: physical,
mental and emotional. It’s important to
determine which you need help with most.
Whether your life is full of stress due to
a demanding job or the responsibilities
of raising a family or trying to keep your
marriage from falling apart, balance is crucial.
Here are some tips: 1.) Accept weaknesses
and find strengths; 2.) Set realistic
expectations and goals; 3.) Say “Thank-you”
more often; 4.) Learn to shift roles easily and
lovingly; 5.) Find ways to minimize stress and
maximize memory by balancing work with
leisure time; 6.) Build relaxation breaks into
your schedule; 7.) Give yourself credit for
what you accomplish; 8.) Surround yourself
with happy people; 9.) Learn what foods are
best for your metabolism; 10.) Exercise as
much as you can. In the end, mental fitness
begins by simply being thankful for who
you are and what you have. There may be
challenges along the way. That’s OK! Make the
time to care for yourself, your loved ones and
be grateful for what you have not lost. You
Lisette N. Beraja is a
and founder of Beraja
Counseling Center, a Florida
Supreme Court Family
Mediator and an 11th
Judicial Court approved
Parenting Coordinator. To
set up an appointment or
consultation with her, call 305.858.7763 or visit
BerajaCounseling.com. Energy Eats
Next time you chug a
couple at Happy Hour(s)
with your fellow cube
monkeys, take these
suggestions to heart before
you make a fool of yourself
and become the laughing
stock of your place of
employment for longer
than you’d like.
32 P ow e r C h u g
Apparently drinking a nice cold glass of pickle juice was
once the secret weapon that boosted the Dallas Cowboys
to a 41-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. No word
on what happened to the actual pickles.
It looks like something you should run over with
the lawnmower, but some experts claim 15 lbs.
of wheatgrass has more nutrients than 350 lbs of
vegetables. Just don’t eat it all at once. You’ll regret it.
H e a d T r e at
Zombies were on to something when they took a
liking to delicacies from the human cranial. These
oft-neglected ingredients are packed with tons more
vitamins & nutrients than your average steak!