Staying Fit To Manage
Well, managing people is never something to be taken lightly. Being responsible for other people requires something beyond basic competence, you need to be motivated, alert and committed to the goals of your group. Motivation and alertness require energy and in order to stay energetic you need to be fit in both mind and body. That means staying fit to manage
Too many managers feel too tired and stressed out to stay fit. But that is something of a vicious circle because feeling too tired to eat properly or to take exercise in turn leads to having even less energy. On top of that lack of sleep, as a result of stress, means we are on a downward spiral. As responsible people and responsible managers we need to have the confidence to a halt.
Some simple changes can make a huge difference to staying fit to manage. They can affect how we feel and our ability to do the things required of us.
You will find lots of advice and tips on diet including a Heathy Eating Assessment test at this link http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eight-tips-healthy-eating.aspx
As for advice on physical activity and exercise – you will find advice at this link http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx
If you are not sure what’s causing your fatigue? There are some common energy zappers that may be to blame – and here are some tips on how to overcome them. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/causes-of-tiredness.aspx
My own simple tips (and I’m still working on getting fit) – never leave home without breakfast and never spend more than four hours in an office environment without taking a short walk in the fresh air. Now I’m off to practice what I preach.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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