Fight SA fatigue with diet and excercise

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New research from CABA indicates that accountants are increasingly worried about the negative impact of hard, long hours and poor diet on their health.

Especially in SA season, an accountant can fall prey to a very sedentary lifestyle. Many work long hours in the office filing, and are too tired to exercise after work. But there are some elementary steps you can take to minimize the damage of self-assessment season.Diet                  

A lot is spoken of exercise (of course, it’s very important), but our diets are often compounding the effects of long hours at our desks.

Especially in Christmas’s bacchanalian wake, it’s important to limit your sugar...

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Francois Badenhorst
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14th Jan 2016 16:51

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Fight SA fatigue with chocolate and alcohol

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15th Jan 2016 01:53

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Many will benefit from taking a few minutes out, say at the end of the morning & afternoon, (and after exercise) to just sit, breathe and spend pure "me" time.  

The one activity that we must all do is to breathe and so, if you close your eyes and use your breath to relax and bring you into one moment after another, it acts like a full-stop to anything else you might have been doing, and if you do it often enough, you can teach yourself to do it, sometimes for only a matter of seconds, when stress hits.

There are a number of podcasts on the Mental Health Foundation's website that talk you through a variety of these, from say 6 to 17 minutes in length and I guarantee you'll find one or two that will suit and that you can listen to time after time without the effects diminishing.

Most of us spend most of our waking hours at the moment dealing with other people's stuff, surely we deserve 20 minutes a day just for us?

What's interesting is that when I do this in the early evening, it lessens my desire to open a bottle, ie I really have to force myself!

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15th Jan 2016 10:04

Very good point, Paul

Meditation is another excellent way to unmoor yourself from SA stress. Thank you for a link to those podcasts. I'll check them out for personal use as well. 

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15th Jan 2016 09:29

Walk!

My rule is to always go out at lunchtime.  All but the very worst weather conditions I will walk about 7 minutes to a coffee shop, sit and think about something other than work, and then walk back.  I don't care if it's silly season.  That's still my time.

If it floats your boat, a massage is also good for getting rid of some of the pent up stress and having a bit of time out for yourself.

My key to losing weight was to congratulate 'good' behaviour like going to the gym or the pool with something healthier than chocolate - even if it was a cup of nice coffee or a jacuzzi.

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15th Jan 2016 10:06

Great idea!

bendybod wrote:

My rule is to always go out at lunchtime.  All but the very worst weather conditions I will walk about 7 minutes to a coffee shop, sit and think about something other than work, and then walk back.  I don't care if it's silly season.  That's still my time.

If it floats your boat, a massage is also good for getting rid of some of the pent up stress and having a bit of time out for yourself.

My key to losing weight was to congratulate 'good' behaviour like going to the gym or the pool with something healthier than chocolate - even if it was a cup of nice coffee or a jacuzzi.

That's a very effective policy. It's just nice to go outside and get air, and it doubles as exercise. A healthy dose of Vit D also helps. And if you couple this moderate exercise with a sensible diet, you're on a winning route. I read a great tip in men's health once: Make a healthy diet plan and follow it 80% of the time. That's all you need. 

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15th Jan 2016 11:33

Run it off!

I took up running 2 years ago and it's been very good for my health - both physical and mental. It's a wonderful stress buster to lace up my trainers, go outside and run in the park or along by the canal or the river. If I know I won't have time to run at lunch-time, then going before breakfast sets me up for the day!

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15th Jan 2016 12:16

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Let a dog take the strain.  

Having to go out for up to an hour a day in all weather (even if she hangs back on the doorstep when it's raining) is how I fulfil the getting out stuff above.  It's also proven that playing and petting an animal (domestic rather than wild) brings your mind to the present and fires up the happy chemicals (even if it hacks her off).

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