We have been thinking a lot about the importance of creating good routines. When we make something a routine it becomes effortless: automatic. Here are three rituals that we find a great part of our morning routine:
Being just 1% dehydrated can affect mental performance, so after a whole night of sleep we have a bit of catching up to do. Our brain mass is an amazing 75% water and if that quantity decreases, it can leave you struggling to concentrate, feeling sluggish and feeling imbalanced emotionally and mentally.
The fight or flight response is also known as the acute stress response, and whilst helpful in the wild when running from a lion, it can get in the way of staff productivity when induced by an upcoming deadline.
The fight or flight response makes our body experience two types of reactions:
The four common categories of stress-related symptoms are:
⬢ Cognitive – Worrying, forgetfulness, negative thoughts, lack of focus.
⬢ Emotional – Feeling irritable, angry, short-tempered, powerless, lonely, unhappy, depressed
⬢ Physical – Aches, pains, muscle tension, nausea, chest pain, frequent illness
⬢ Behavioural – Eating more/ eating less than usual, sleeping too much/ sleeping too little, isolating oneself, ignoring responsibilities
The latest Mental Health at Work Report by Business in the Community in 2018 cited:
61% of employees have experienced mental health issues due to work or a work-related factor.
1 in 3 of the UK workforce have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in their lifetimes.
Only 16% of employees feel able to disclose mental-ill health to their managers.
30% of managers report a lack of facilities when it comes to supporting mental health and wellbeing.
85% of managers acknowledge employee wellbeing is their responsibility, but only 30% have received any training.