Survival Tips for Stressful Times
Women are often called on to be multi-tasking superheroes, but too often we find ourselves in overwhelm mode as we try to do everything and be everything. As business owners, mothers, entrepreneurs, wives, sisters, daughters, friends, volunteers, and so much more, it is essential that we are aware of and take care of our health and energy reserves. I turned to health and wellness expert Loa Blasucci, who has been helping men and women look and feel their best and worked with a very long list of some of the biggest names in Hollywood for more than three decades, to share her insight and answer a few questions to help us get on the right path.
Q: What should we eat first thing in the morning that will give us sustained energy and brainpower for making good connections, networking and absorbing the knowledge and info when we attend events?
A: Green tea to boost metabolism, fresh fruit for the digestion and then after a half hour, a protein source such as a handful of nuts or boiled egg. Protein bars often are about as effective as candy bars, and you can create a more powerful version on your own. Almond butter on celery wrapped up in your purse will help on many levels. Always go anywhere “packing” an apple in your computer bag, an orange in your purse, and almonds in your pocket and eat them at regular intervals so you don’t get hungry.
Q: What should we always carry in our bags for emergency sustenance when we go to events that last more than a few hours?
A: Almonds are a very potent source for balancing blood sugar and fending off hunger. They contain leptin which brings a satiated feeling to the brain. They are nutritionally dense and great to have in your purse, desk, car, etc. About an ounce will do the trick–raw, organic is best.
Q: Caffeine, sugar, water? We need to hydrate, but what’s the best way to do that with energy and focus in mind?
A: Water is very important to drink first thing in the morning and try to get most of your daily intake before noon. Iced herb tea can help to heal and calm the body as opposed to caffeine which brings unwanted baggage with it.
Q: Any tips that we wouldn’t think of – like stretching, meditating, breathing, etc.?
A: Before entering a meeting or new space, even a few moments of quiet can help “clear the slate” and bring all of you in to the moment. Racing thoughts and distractions render us less effective and less creative. It closes some of the files in your head, where meditation opens them. It’s a skill that can be learned. About 2 minutes of deep breathing and relaxation exercises can make all the difference. It’s also a great investment in your long–term health.
Q: Any other tips for women who are attending anything from a 1-hour coffee networking meeting to a full-day or weekend event? We know that these gatherings can last for hours and drain our physical and mental energy – what are your tips for feeling focused, alert, healthy and full of positive energy?
A: Breathing (with intention) into the face, which is above your heart. It’s an exercise I love to show people. It’s like getting an instant face lift. If there’s floor space and you can get on a mini-foam roller for five minutes, it’s a complete game changer. It’s like getting a massage. When I first saw the mini-mini size it was love at first sight!