Wellness Wednesdays are ongoing classes at Impact Hub HNL that allow our multitalented members to share their health and wellness knowledge with our community. To see upcoming events, visit our Facebook events page.
Many of us deal with mid-morning slumps or afternoon crashes. Why do we experience energy crashes of this sort, and how can we improve our productivity throughout the day?
In March we hosted another Wellness Wednesday event called Power Up your Productivity, to help our coworkers and community be their most productive selves. The workshop was taught by Blair Townley, a Western Clinical Herbalist and owner of Wildkraft Apothecary & Clinic, based at Impact Hub HNL.
Blair talked about four areas of optimization in our lives that can help combat the sleepiness, blood sugar crashes, and energy dips: food, sleep, movement, and environment. She chose this topic because of client needs: “One of the things I see often in clients is need for better focus and clarity, and it’s important to make the connection between diet and lifestyle and our overall energy.”
Her first food tip is to avoid blood sugar spikes by maintaining a healthy diet that reduces simple carbs (like white rice and bread) and instead focuses on fiber-rich vegetables, healthy protein, and healthy fats, which digest slowly for more consistent energy. Blair has lots more tips for healthy blood sugar balancing on her website.
The second main way to keep your productivity high is to ensure you get a good amount of sleep each night. Lack of sleep, even for one night, can lead to impeded memory, reduced multitasking ability, slower creative thinking (thinking outside the box), and can lead to feelings of depression.
To ensure you get enough sleep, blackout your room at night (ie: avoid streetlights, gadget lights, and television), avoiding caffeine after noon (or entirely… scary, I know!), and turning off computers and phones an hour (or more!) before bed.
Other tips for better productivity include getting more movement (if you work here it’s just a five minute walk to the beach), and keeping a clean, organized workspace, which can help your brain feel more free.
If you are seeking further guidance, you can make an appointment with Blair. Wildkraft specializes in plant medicine via custom blended herbal tinctures, teas and tonics made from mostly European and North American plants. Off the shelf offerings include teas and tinctures for immunity, sleep, allergies, grounding, anxiety, depression and digestive support.
You can learn more about Blair’s offerings in this recent clip from KITV Channel 4 news.
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