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Boost your brain for the health of your small business

Tuesday, May 19 at 11:56Brain Power | Health | Small Business

The vital tool every small business depends on & how to look after it (hint: you've actually already got one of these, but the chances are, you aren't looking after it properly)


When setting up and running a small business, there are many tools available to help you manage your time, plans and investment.
There is, however, one tool that perhaps you'll have forgotten about.  Looking after it is pretty much the most important thing you can do for the success of your business.

The tool I'm talking about is your brain.

Yes, your brain. That on-board computer which allows you to run a business as well as do all the other things that your life requires of you (and hopefully that you want to do too!)

Our brains have been with us since day one and so we tend to pay them little attention. When they start to slow down, or feel a bit fuzzy, we just blame it on tiredness, stress or the fact that they have a lot going on in there.
  
We assume that there is little we can do to help our brains. 

Yet, as a business owner, you need to be able to access all the brain-power you've got. Can you imagine how much smoother business could be if your brain wasn't fuzzy? How much more creatively you'd be able to think around problems if you had space in your brain for new ideas? 

My 3 tips will help you get the very best out of that smart brain of yours! 

Drink water

Yes- I know that this is the most boring tip possible, but it's the most useful thing you can do for the health of your brain AND the health of your business. Your brain is made of water so if you don't drink water, your brain slows down.

Any time you need brain power, think water. Have a glass before doing your taxes, drink water as well as coffee during meetings and enjoy a lovely glass of water when you first wake up in the morning- this is the easiest and most efficient way to make your brain work better. 

Eat fats

Your brain is made of water and fat. Filling yourself up on foods which don't contain any fats, deprives your brain of the very building blocks it needs to stay healthy.  Your brain needs certain fats – the ones we call 'good fats' - for good health. They aren't found in cakes and biscuits, and you won't find them in low-fat or diet foods. They are found in foods that naturally contain fats, such as nuts and seeds, oily fish, avocados and full fat dairy products.  Eat a portion of either nuts and seeds (almonds are fab) and/or oily fish – such as mackerel – every day. You might also want to get yourself a fish oil or vegetarian supplement to give your brain a boost.

Sleep well

Quite tricky seeing as your small business keeps popping up in your head all night long. Having a solid bedtime routine is great for helping improve sleep, as is making sure you don't eat late in the evening.  Night-time is when you are supposed to be resting and processing and clearing out your brain. If your body is busy digesting at night, you wake up feeling tired and unfocused. Have your evening meal a little earlier, and you'll notice the difference.


I know you are busy. If you can't manage all three tips, just do the first one and see what it does to your brain power. 




Claire Stone from Claire Stone Nutrition runs Healthy Business Retreats and provides consultations and workshops for small businesses and their staff. 







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