By David J. StewartWhen it comes to exercise, it’s a matter of priorities.
But the priorities of your mind and body can be as much as yours.
Here are some ways to keep it in the game when it comes time to do the work.1.
Sleep at the same time every day.
This is the most important.
You need to sleep at the time of day you are most alert and energised, according to a review of more than 30 studies published between 1998 and 2012.
This is known as “time of day shift”.
The more hours of sleep you get in the same day, the better your body responds.2.
Get up and walk around when the clock strikes seven.
Avoid any type of physical activity that makes you feel tired.
Exercise is also good for your mood.3.
Eat breakfast before going to bed.
When you are at home and you have a full breakfast, you are in a great position to do more work and to get a better night’s sleep.
But you may not have the energy or willpower to get up and leave early if you are feeling tired.4.
Stay off the computer for 15 minutes before bedtime.
If you can, make sure you’re watching a TV show or film at the end of your day rather than watching a computer or internet connection.
This will allow your brain to recharge.5.
Try to be in the kitchen for as little as 10 minutes.
If you need to take a break, do it before you have to leave the house.
If the weather is bad, or you are unsure if it’s safe to go out, try to avoid going out at all.
This might mean staying at home with your children or your partner.
If your partner needs to go for help, you can also call 999.
This can also help you get a full night’s rest.6.
Get up and go for an activity.
If your job is on the back burner, you might find that a few hours of exercise might help you to get back to your normal routine.7.
Get your mind in a good place.
Do you feel a little bit tired or stressed?
Here are 10 things to try to tackle this:• Go for a walk or run in the morning or afternoon.
You might find it easier to do this when you have some energy left.• Go outside and have a walk in the garden or just sit down and listen to music.
You can also use the sun or a good massage or talk to someone about your problems.• Spend time with your family or friends.
These can be relaxing activities to help you unwind, or even something that helps you relax.• Make yourself comfortable in your own skin.
If all of these seem like a lot of work, it can be easy to become complacent and forget to do your part.
Try putting a timer on your phone, or adding a timer to the time on your alarm clock, and then turning on the alarm clock for as long as it takes.
When the alarm rings, you know exactly how long it will take to go to sleep and to wake up.
This advice is especially helpful if you have an irregular sleep schedule.
If the alarm goes off when you are not supposed to, then you are doing something wrong and need to change the way you sleep.8.
Have a snack.
This might be a bit of a no-brainer.
But don’t be afraid to try something new.
Try a cup of tea, a bowl of soup or a fruit and veg sandwich.
And don’t forget to have a few snacks for yourself and your family.