Healthy foods that can boost your energy levelsFood provides us with nourishment and energy to get through the day. This means that we need to feed ourselves with the right foods so that we can offer our best selves in life and in business.

Sometimes when we are tired from a bad night’s sleep or a little exhausted from the week’s activities, we turn to food to provide that extra boost of energy that we are looking for.

Unfortunately, if there’s any chocolate, chips or treats around, we might find ourselves eating junk food that we wouldn’t usually eat! That’s why it’s good to have some healthier options on hand.

Here’s five winners to keep in your kitchen:
1. Bananas

Fast and effective for an energy boost, bananas are high in potassium and B vitamins, which assist with energy production. Eat on its own, or with some yoghurt and muesli for breakfast or a snack!

2. Nuts

Nuts contain healthy fats and protein that can help us to keep going during our day. They are a great afternoon snack. I suggest a small handful of unsalted almonds and cashews to give you that stamina you need to get through your afternoon well. If you’re a peanut butter fan, buy a 100% peanuts peanut butter and enjoy with celery.

3. Juices and smoothies

Juices or smoothies with a good quantity of greens are a great energy booster. Go for juices with as much green as you can handle, and chuck in some berries for added nutrition and yumminess. I would aim for a juice, but if you’re hungry and looking for something more filling, go for a smoothie. Just be sure to watch the ingredients going in and avoid the treat ingredients like chocolate or ice-cream! Aim for juices and smoothies made of 100% fruit and vegetables.

4. Eggs

Eggs are great sources of protein that are fantastic at breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a snack. Go for boiled or poached at meal time along with a piece of wholemeal toast, or a hard-boiled egg as a mid-afternoon snack to keep you feeling full.

5. Leafy greens

Vegetables such as kale, spinach and some darker lettuce varieties (such as romaine lettuce) are high in calcium, iron and a range of vitamins. Incorporate into your juice or smoothie or alongside eggs at meal time. Or, pop some lettuce or baby spinach into your sandwich at lunch, or add some more leafy greens into your pasta dish.

Enjoy feeling nourished and energised!

 

healthy food to boost your energyKate Mackay, Invigorate Wellness

Kate Mackay is a food and wellbeing coach who loves seeing women thrive in their work and life through balancing priorities, building in simple healthy eating habits and getting creative with exercise.

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Want to create a vision board for your business but not sure where to start? Natalia of Inner Creative shares how vision boarding sets up your business for success, how to create the right type of vision board for you and so much more.

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This post brought to you by NordlifeMiramii office

Whether you’re taking over the world with your own start-up, or making the most of the trend towards increasingly flexible work arrangements, the home office is your space to get things done. Be it a private oasis, or background for your very busy-and-important live to air interviews with the BBC, bring your dream workspace to life with these six home office hacks and you’ll be counting the sleeps until Monday morning.

1.    50 shades of… paint

Make a statement and paint a wall in a different colour. Besides the effect that new paint has in refreshing a room, picking a new colour is your chance to set the tone for your office overhaul. Peaceful pastels or shades of grey can lighten and brighten a room significantly. Get pinning and work up a vision of your ideal home office. How does it look? Whether you’re dreaming of a simple and stylish Scandi sanctuary; or looking to make a luxe, monochromatic statement, a lick of new paint will go a long way towards setting the scene.

2.    Wall stickers: the office makeover in a packet

No time to get painty, but looking to instantly transform the feel of your home office? Wall stickers are your go-to choice for creating maximum personalisation with minimum fuss. Rock some monochrome dots or stars for graphic impact, especially on neutral walls. Space them out at regular intervals for some soothing pattern play, or mix it up with random placement for a quirky, creative vibe. Prefer some whimsy? Think outside the box and scope out kids’ wall decal lines – there are some surprisingly sophisticated ranges and graphics available. Look skyward for inspo like clouds, hot air balloons or raindrops. Look for clean, minimalist designs in neutral colours like greys or pastels to style this look.

Miramii Wall Stickers 3.    Get back to nature with office plants

Liven your home office up by bringing in plants. Lush greenery adds life and colour to your space. No, not those miserable excuses for office plants from days of old – pick something gorgeous and glossy. Some on-trend picks are a gorgeous monstera or fiddle leaf fig.

Bold Tuesday World Map

Or consider putting your plants to work and call in some recs from NASA…. yep, NASA. Back in the 80s, NASA studied the effectiveness of various indoor plants in removing common toxins from the air. Take a leaf out of NASA’s textbook and make the most of the health benefits of plants. For some serious nerd-cred, you could review the NASA study here… or if 30 pages of heavily referenced, super-sciencey plant chat is not on your to-do list today, lovethegarden.com have published an absolute gem of an infographic that breaks down the findings of the study. View here to find your perfect air cleaning plant.

4.    Wall and art prints

Nothing quite illustrates your personal style like the art that you hang on the walls of your home. And it’s the same for your office – look for something that inspires you in your work and your life. Maybe it’s a world map showing your travels to date, or even better, travels that are soon to be had. Let’s face it – we still hunger for holidays, even in perfectly spruced home offices. Maybe it’s beautifully lettered inspirational quotes, or some beautiful black and white family photos. Let your office walls become your own little gallery of what inspires and delights you. Change your pieces occasionally to match your aspirations and passions and become the curator of your own exhibition of happiness.

Bold Tuesday wall prints

5. Decorate with a few well-chosen accent pieces

With the bones of your now absurdly attractive home office in place, you can pat yourself on the back for a design job well done and pause to consider the finishing touches. What will really make the space yours? Celebrate your office overhaul with a celebratory spot of online shopping (hooray!) to track down a few little pieces that you truly adore, or carefully place a few existing sentimental objects. Bring joy to your space by selecting a few objects that speak to you. Whether it’s tiny potted succulents or cacti, some beautiful ceramics, or sentimental framed photos, these are the finishing touches to make your new office feel like home (but even better).

Spruce up office

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Elina Peedoson is a founder and manager of Nordlife – an Australian online boutique selling Scandinavian designers’ kids products – everything from clothes and dinnerware to bedding and nursery decor – and homewares.

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being healthyARE YOU FIT FOR BUSINESS? As your Health is, so will your business be! Your business is an extension of who you are, if you are unhealthy, constantly fighting illness etc then the same will occur in your business. If your health is not sorted, then you can be guaranteed that there will be a part of your business that isn’t working either.

Does the thought of exercising make you cringe?

Exercising doesn’t have to mean jumping around doing crazy things like Burpees (crazy full body exercise that requires a lot of effort, and makes you sweat) or running. Exercise should be fun. If you enjoy it you will stick to it. If you enjoy dancing – get dance lessons, if you enjoy tennis – do that. If you enjoy swimming, then swim. Whatever it is that you enjoy that is moving your body, gets you away from your desk and makes you feel good, then go and do it, and do it regularly.

Being healthy and fit for business is more than just eating well and exercising. Our mental health and emotional health is just as important for us to look after. So what can you do to make sure you have a balanced approach?

Love & Honor Yourself

‘What has this got to do with being in business’ I hear you ask? We often get caught up in the daily task of being mum, running our business and looking after the family that we often forget to look after our own needs.

Taking time out for some self-love each day or at least once a week will help feel rested and will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. You will be a happier person and will be able to focus on your business tasks with renewed vigour.

Some of inexpensive ways to show self-love include;

• Shut self away for half an hour to read a book

• Soaking in the tub at the end of the day

• Meditate

• Go for a walk – 30 mins is enough to clear the head and lift your spirits.

Eat Good Nutrition 80% of The Time

Balance is key, when it comes to nutrition. Eating clean, natural foods 80% of the time will fuel your body and your brain for the daily demands of running your business.

Eat regularly, don’t skip meals! Eating regularly keeps your metabolism firing which means your body is working for you, not against you in producing energy.

Enjoy an occasional treat – allow yourself to enjoy that glass of wine at the end of the week, or that piece of dark chocolate in the evening. When we try to avoid all the ‘bad’ food, we can become obsessed with that food and eventually will binge on it. This has a negative effect on us mentally as well as physically.

Exercise for General Wellbeing

• Exercising is the quickest way to boost your mood

• Clear away any brain fog, and I often find, brings clarity for things on my mind.

• It can assist in bringing great ideas, and new direction for your business.

• Walking meetings – great way to connect and stay FIT for business

How Do I Fit It All In?

Time – is the number one excuses that I hear from many women in business when it comes to exercising and eating well. My question to them is, ‘Do you have time to be sick’? Forced time off due to illness is much harder to cope with than 30 minutes of exercise, 3 – 4 times a week to focus on being fit for business. So how do you fit it in?

Plan it – at the beginning of the week, schedule in all your appointments, kids activities, network meetings etc. then schedule in your exercise time. Select a time you know you can stick to and make it a non-negotiable appointment with yourself.

Be prepared – if eating on the run, or leaving your food to chance each day lets your health efforts down, pack your lunch when you’re doing the kids lunches in the morning. Set a lunch box out for yourself and save yourself time but doing it all at once. You then have a quick easy to grab lunch and snacks ready to do during the day.

Cook up a storm - If you enjoy cooking, set aside an afternoon on the weekend and cook up a few meals that you can freeze ready for your busy week ahead. Or, if you hate to cook, take advantage of the many easy pre-prepared meals that you will find at the supermarket. There is a heap of choice that is fresh, healthy and already for you to just cook and serve.

Being Fit For Business will help reduce your stress, improve your sleep and increase your productivity.

 

fit for businessTina Horwood, Body FIT Melbourne

Tina Horwood is a mum of two, Speaker, Facilitator of change and Personal trainer @ Body FIT Melbourne. She is on a mission to help busy women create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their family. As a self-confessed lover of weight training, Tina helps women to shift their focus from being skinny to being strong.

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guilt of sellingDon’t you love the negative beliefs that cloud our mind in a sales appointment “I don’t want to pressure them into it”, “I don’t want to be pushy” or my favourite “I am just not that kind of person that hard sells”. I am sure I am sharing nothing new with you here, but in business it is absolutely necessary that you sell yourself to your full potential. All the heart, inspiration and soul that went into building your product deserves to be communicated with the same amount of heart, inspiration and soul!

However guilt is a normal emotion to feel, whenever you go for the close. Society has conditioned us to believe that sales, persuasion or pressure is purely negative for people to experience. The reality is that if people like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, or Elon Musk lacked the ability to sell then innovative products that have disrupted markets wouldn’t exist. It’s important to consciously know what are the benefits to your customer when you sell your products, ask for the money or close the deal. I have found by taking this approach that I discovered in order to truly make an impact on someone’s life it is my duty to close them on the value I created, which is my business.

After all, businesses wouldn’t exist if customers didn’t have a problem that didn’t need solving. That statement alone is why you have permission to sell, close and negotiate like you truly mean it.

If you’re struggling to make sales because feelings of guilt is getting in the way, follow and implement the exercises below:

Steps to breaking through the guilt of sales:

1. Get very specific on what you’re feeling guilty about

Far too often I get asked how to break-through the guilt of selling and my first response is “its not the guilt of selling, it’s the guilt of something in your sales process”. For example, some people may feel guilty about asking for money, others may feel guilty in handling objections or possibly in asking hard questions. Without specificity in what is causing this guilt, you’ll forever be guessing and wondering why this continues to hold you back.

2. What are the benefits of performing this action?

Now that you have defined what you’re guilty about, list all the benefits that your customers will gain by you performing this action. I know this sounds unusual but trust me with this, it works!! I out of anyone I know feared taking money from others. I used to stutter, stumble and apologise for closing and it held my progression back in a major way. However after performing this exercise within a month’s time I was first on the sales board and my ability to influence people had sky rocketed. Push your mind to do the same and you’ll dissolve the guilt in your mind and body (yes there is a physical release too!).

3. What are the negatives of not performing this action?

Now list all the negatives to your customer if you don’t perform this action you feel guilty of. For example what are the negatives of NOT closing? What are the negatives of NOT asking for money? This is incredibly powerful as it dissolves the other side to a polarised belief that has been dictating your behaviour in sales. Take your ability to this level and you will never hold yourself back in sales again!

In summary, every entrepreneur, solopreneur, influence, coach must sell and close people on ideas and offerings. The way you move past the guilt of doing this is:

- Get specific on the action you’re guilty about taking

- List the benefits to your customer when you perform this action

- List the drawbacks to your customer when you don’t perform this action

Jordan D’Urbano - Jordan D’Urbano is a sales trainer and human behaviour expert who specialises in teaching entrepreneurs how to sell not only what their company is worth, but what they are truly worth. 

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