Rise and Shine

If you are not already an early bird, get up 30 minutes earlier to fit in some “you” time before work.

Some of the women I coach enjoy doing yoga or a mindfulness exercise for ten minutes. I like to have a cup of Earl Grey tea and catch the BBC Breakfast before I step out the door.

Starting your day off on a high will set your mood for the remainder of the day.


Drink plenty of fluids

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is a fantastic way to keep energy levels up. Dehydration can make us feel very lethargic and tired.

Women should drink approximately 9 cups (2.2 litres) of water a day.

Try and have a glass of water with every meal and add a slice of lemon to spice it up a bit. Sit with a water bottle at your desk and swap your coffee for water.


Take your lunch break

Even if it’s just 30 minutes, make sure you take a lunch break. Get away from your desk if you can because it will give your mind a rest.

Research shows that a quick recharge will make you more productive for the rest of the day. A breath of fresh air can give your immune system a boost and make you feel happier so go for a quick stroll. Take a flask of hot tea with you to stay warm.


Be kind

Give yourself permission not to be perfect and to make mistakes. You are enough just as you are. Listen to what you tell yourself about your performance – would you talk to your best friend that way?


Leave on time

Leave the office on time – you are entitled to do so. Switch off your work phone and don’t check your emails at home.

If that seems too daunting, start by committing to a digital detox for just 2 evenings a work and build it up from there.

So many of us are guilty of giving away 10% of our salary every year in unpaid overtime.


Ask for help

We ladies tend to be very bad at asking for help and support at work. It’s better to speak to a manager sooner, rather than struggling alone for an extended period of time because that simply makes us inefficient – it’s a waste of time.

Try not to panic, think who the best person to speak to is and offer them plenty of gratitude.

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