4. READ BOOKS
Reading for just 6 minutes can reduce stress by 68%. But that’s not why great leaders tend to be wide readers. It’s also the fastest way to build experience, to gain insight, to develop empathy, and to remain a rounded human being.
5. EAT FOOD
When you’re busy, it’s easy to skip breakfast and grab lunch on the go. When you’re tired and hungry, it’s tempting to reach for sugary treats or quick processed foods too. But it puts your blood sugar on a roller coaster with your energy levels, attention and moods screaming up and down.
Generally, the answer is to eat food – defined by Dr David Reilly of the WEL programme as ‘anything you can eat for nutrition which is, or has recently been, alive’. In other words, when you can, try and eat something fresh. So, an orange is food: a chocolate orange probably isn’t. If you can make a habit of eating, regularly, slowly, enjoyably, sociably – and stay hydrated – that’s brilliant. You’ll feel so much better for it.