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Nov/18

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Why You Should Be Making Sure You’re Drinking Enough Water

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Our bodies are 60% water and advice from the NHS is that we should be drinking around 6 to 8 glasses of fluid per day, which is around 1.4 to 1.6 litres. Other sources, such as the European Food Safety Authority suggest 2 litres + is the optimum amount. Other factors such as exercise, heat and body size have an impact too. What most people can agree on though, is that water is a cheaper, healthier and easier option than reaching for a soft drink, which can often be laden with sugar and nasties. Are you getting enough? You could be missing out on these potential benefits.

  1. Fewer headaches

Dehydration can cause headaches or even migraines in some people.

  1. Increased energy and less fatigue

Water fuels your muscles, and your performance during your workout could be affected if you aren’t hydrated enough. In addition, it helps prevent injuries as your joints are better lubricated.

  1. It boosts your metabolism

It’s been said that drinking water before a meal can boost how quickly your body burns calories by up to 30%. Another theory is that your body can confuse feeling hungry with being hungry, so by drinking water before a meal might mean you don’t overeat.

  1. It boosts productivity

Our brains are made up of mostly water, so by staying hydrated we can ensure our concentration and memory capacity is optimised.

  1. Improved digestion

Water is important for the removal of toxins and waste from the body, essential for a healthy gut and regular bowel movements.

  1. It boosts your immune system

In addition to flushing out toxins from the body, you’re more likely to get ill if you’re dehydrated.

  1. Gives you good skin

Obviously, water adds moisture to your skin, which can improve skin conditions and can even be a wrinkle-buster!

  1. Puts you in a good mood

If you’re functioning well, you’re going to be feeling good! If your body is in the best condition, you’ll likely look and feel better too.

So how can you make sure you’re getting enough each day? If it’s the taste that’s putting you off, try adding fresh fruit – such as slices of lemon, berries or even cucumber, for flavour. If you’re on the go, buy a reusable bottle to carry around with you and fill up as needed. You can even buy bottles which tell you how much water you should have drank by a certain time to stay on target, or simply set an hourly reminder on your mobile phone.

Have you got a top tip for staying hydrated? Let us know in the comments below.

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Nov/18

15

A Guide to Living and Working in Newark

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Newark-on-Trent is a thriving market town in the East Midlands with a population of circa 35,000, and is located around 20 miles from Nottingham. It stands on the River Trent and on the ancient Great North Road (now the A1), and is a town steeped in history.

One of the most prominent landmarks in Newark is undoubtedly Newark Castle. Partially ruined, its remains and gardens on the banks of the river are a great place to learn more about the town’s history and take in the picturesque views. Another key landmark is the Town Hall, which is also home to the Newark Museum; one of two museums in the town, along with the Civil War Museum.

Newark’s pretty, cobbled Georgian market square is said to be one of the finest in the country, so why not pay a visit on a market day to see it in action? Stalls range from fruit and veg to collectables and antiques. There are some great opportunities for shopping in the rest of the town, with a mixture of high street retail stores and independent retailers.

Newark also offers some great choices for eating out, plenty of cafes and restaurants with a range of cuisine to suit all tastes and budgets.

For evening entertainment, check out what’s on at Newark Palace Theatre. Built in the 1920’s, today it plays host to a range of shows from comedy, dance and live music, including a very popular pantomime in the run-up to Christmas.

Newark Showground is host to the largest antiques fair in Europe and attracts visitors from all over the country and further afield. Held every other month, browsing the 84 acres of stalls is enough to keep anyone busy.

Our Address

Our Newark branch is conveniently located close to all the amenities of the town centre, opposite the main St Mark’s Place multi-storey car park:

21 Lombard Street
Newark
Notts
NG24 1XG

Tel: 01636 611320

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Newark

Newark’s excellent transport links make it a first choice for many of the country’s big-name employers, meaning there are plenty of work opportunities available. We recruit for permanent and temporary roles across a wide variety of industries, from warehousing, factory and driving, to office-based roles at all levels, including HR, marketing and accounts.

Entry level roles in industrial sectors such as factory and warehousing are usually paid at the National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage rates, but can sometimes attract a premium for overtime or shifts. Large employers will often use a recruitment agency to help with peaks in demand, and often offer permanent contracts to agency workers.

The average starting salary for an Administrator is between £16,000 and £18,000 per annum.

Getting around

Whilst most of Newark and neighbouring suburbs are accessible on foot, there are buses connecting to the surrounding area and villages, operating out of the town’s new bus station.

Newark is located on two main train routes, the East Coast Main Line which connects London to Scotland, and the busy Leicester – Nottingham to Lincoln line. Newark’s two train stations, Newark Northgate and Newark Castle, are both an easy walk from the town centre. The average journey time to London Kings Cross is just 1hr25mins.

Newark’s close proximity to the A1 makes for easy links to the North and South, with Peterborough and Sheffield both less than an hour’s drive away. The recently improved A46 has reduced journey times to Nottingham in one direction, and to Lincoln in the other.

House Prices / Rent

The average house price in Newark is around £186,347, with a range of period and new build property on the market. Average rental costs currently stand at around £576 per month.

 

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Nov/18

9

Reduce Your Plastic Use in Just One Day

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The harmful effects of our plastic usage have been widely reported in the media this year. Shocking images of marine life living in oceans polluted by the 8 million tonnes of plastic that end up there each year have gone viral across the internet. But what can you do to help? Read on for how, in just one day, you can make a few small changes which could really make a difference. Have you got some suggestions for us? Let us know in the comments below.

07:00AM IN THE BATHROOM

Give plastic toothbrushes the brush off!
According to statistics, the average person will use over 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime, so it’s scary to think that plastic toothbrushes never biodegrade and stay in the environment forever. Make the switch to a bamboo toothbrush, the handles biodegrade in around 6 months.

Avoid products containing microbeads
Now banned in the UK since July 2018, but check your bathroom cupboards for any products containing plastic microbeads. Millions of these little beads have been washed down our drains and pose a threat to marine life who mistake the little beads for food.

Reduce packaging waste on your healthcare products
More and more products are on the market now which avoid or reduce the use of plastic packaging. Shampoo bars instead of bottled to good old fashioned bars of soap; with a little bit of research you can find eco-friendly swaps for most of the products you use each day, or check out brands where you can return the packaging to store to be recycled.

08:30AM MORNING CAFFEINE FIX

Bring a reusable cup
Over 7 million coffee cups are thrown away each day in the UK alone! But don’t worry, you don’t have to go without your daily caffeine fix; most cafés and coffee shops will be happy to put your drink in your own cup and many will even give you a discount for doing so.

Use a milkman
Could your home or workplace join the 4% of the population who get their milk delivered by a milkman? Milk is delivered in glass bottles which are reused and recycled.

10:00AM STAYING HYDRATED

Bring a bottle!
Have a reusable refillable water bottle on you whenever you’re out and about. A single person who stops buying single use plastic water bottles can save as many as 170 bottles being produced each year. Sadly, lids from plastic bottles often end up in the stomachs of seabirds.

12:30AM LUNCHTIME

Bring a reusable shopping bag
Popping to the shops for supplies? Don’t forget to take a bag with you and you’ll be saving 5p as well as the environment.

Say no to disposable cutlery
Grabbing lunch on the go? Often you’ll be handed a plastic knife and fork. Say no, and keep a metal cutlery set at work.

Ditch the cling film
Go without and pack your lunch in reusable containers. If you do need an alternative to cling film, foil is a better option as it’s recyclable. There are also new products on the market, such as beeswax wraps, which are reusable and recyclable.

Chewing gum
If gum is your go-to when you want a post-lunch freshen up, you might be surprised to learn (like we were!) that chewing gum is actually plastic. Food store, Iceland, commissioned a survey earlier this year and 85% of the 2,000 people they asked were unaware that most regular gum contains plastic. Check the ingredients and look for natural alternatives.

20:00PM AFTER WORK DRINKS

Straws suck!
Say no to plastic straws! Many bars have made the switch to paper straws, or if you really can’t go without, then buy a reusable straw and take it with you.

Choose your wine carefully
Opt for a wine bottle with a natural cork instead of a rubber stopper or metal screw lids which apparently contain BPA (a chemical used to make plastic).

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Nov/18

2

A Guide to Living and Working in Nottingham

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Nottingham is dubbed the capital of the East Midlands; with a population of over 325,000, including some 37,000 students from the two Universities, it’s a city on the up.

Famed for its association with Robin Hood, both the city centre and nearby Sherwood Forest have plenty of attractions relating to this legendary outlaw, to suit all ages, from guided walking tours to visiting the ‘Robin Hood experience’.

Nottingham Castle is currently going through a huge redevelopment and is closed until 2020, when it will re-open as a new visitor attraction. Other historical points of interest surround the city’s link to the textile industry, and specifically lace. Today the Lace Market area has been redeveloped as the cultural quarter, where some of the 19th century buildings still stand as a reminder of its past.

With two indoor shopping centres, many big name brands, plus some excellent independent shops, it’s no surprise Nottingham is in the top 10 UK cities for retail therapy.

Nottingham is also closely linked with sporting success, even gaining the title of the ‘Home of English Sport’ in 2015. Two professional league football teams; Nottingham Forest and Notts County are based not far from the city centre, along with Trent Bridge cricket ground and Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre. Ice skating stars Torvill and Dean hail from the city, so you might be inspired to follow in their footsteps and head to the National Ice Centre.

As you’d expect in a large university city, there’s a lively nightlife scene with plenty of bars and clubs to suit all tastes every night of the week. The Motorpoint Arena attracts big-name acts, with plenty of smaller venues for up and coming acts. For something a little different, head to one of the contenders for England’s oldest pub, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, which is partially built into the cave system underneath Nottingham Castle.

Our Address

Our Nottingham branch is based in the centre of the city, less than a 5-minute walk from the Market Square. The nearest car parking can be found at NCP St James Street.

Ambitions Personnel
42a Friar Lane
Nottingham
NG1 6DQ

Tel: 0115 9881555

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Nottingham

Nottingham is home to many big-name employers, which means that there are some exciting job opportunities no matter what your experience. Salaries are, on average, higher than in other areas of the East Midlands region. We recruit for permanent and temporary roles across a wide variety of industries, from warehousing, factory and driving, to office-based roles at all levels, including HR, marketing and accounts.

Entry level roles in industrial sectors such as factory and warehousing are usually paid at the National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage rates, but can sometimes attract a premium for overtime or shifts. Large employers will often use a recruitment agency to help with peaks in demand, and often offer permanent contracts to agency workers.

The average starting salary for an Administrator is between £17,000 and £20,000 per annum.

Getting around

Nottingham has its own tram system called the Nottingham Express Transit (NET), which connects the centre with the surrounding areas.  Public buses also operate from the city centre to surrounding villages further afield.

Nottingham train station provides links across the East Midlands, and also to cities such as Sheffield and Leeds. Direct trains reach London St Pancras in an average time of just over 2 hours.

Nottingham is also just 15 miles from East Midlands Airport with flights to many domestic and short-haul international destinations, it’s a popular hub for low-cost airlines.

House Prices / Rent

The overall average house price in Nottingham is around £234,541, with the average cost of a 3 bedroom house standing at £202,337. Average rental for a 1 bedroom flat currently stands at £517 per calendar month.  Whilst prices are currently rising steadily, property in Nottingham still comes in well below the national averages.

Interested in what’s available, click through to see our jobs in the city here

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Oct/18

25

Top Tips to Prevent Colds and Flu this Winter

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The nights are drawing in and there’s a chill in the air; there’s no question that winter is approaching, and with it comes cold and flu season. All of a sudden we’re surrounded by people coughing and sneezing in our workplaces and on our commutes. This year, be prepared with our top tips to stay well this winter and do what you can to safeguard you and your family from getting sick.

Whilst the common cold is caused by a virus, not by the weather, it’s thought that it’s more prevalent in the winter months as the colder conditions allow it to multiply and spread more easily, together with the fact that we are likely to spend more time indoors.  In office environments and shared spaces, the cold and flu virus can be spread easily on desks, telephones, photocopiers and door handles etc.

Whilst there’s no sure fire way to prevent getting sick, now is the time to do what you can and take preventative action! Read on for our top tips:

Boost your immune system

Take care of your body’s natural defences by:

  • Getting plenty of rest and sleep – the body naturally needs more during the darker months
  • Exercise regularly (but don’t overdo it!) – experts recommend around 30 minutes of moderate exercise three times per week
  • Eat plenty of nutrient-rich foods, like fruit and vegetables
  • Relax – being stressed and run down can take its toll on your immune system, take some time out for yourself
  • Quit smoking

Be Hygienic

  • Cough or sneeze into a clean tissue if possible, or at least the crease of your elbow rather than your hand
  • Wash your hands regularly and always after shaking someone’s hand – keep antibacterial gel handy
  • Keep antibacterial wipes in your desk drawer at work and disinfect your desk regularly – including most used items like your keyboard, mouse and phone
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands

Get some fresh air

Wrap up warm and go outside for a walk. This time of year, we can often spend a lot of time indoors with centrally heated or air-conditioned re-circulated air.

Keep your distance

If you see someone coughing and sneezing, keep your distance as much as possible.

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Oct/18

19

A Guide to Living and Working in Lincoln

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A new feature for our blog, we’ve put together a series of guides to living and working in the towns and cities where our branches are based. Written by people with the lowdown on all things local, these will be a must-read if you’re considering relocating. First up is our head office location of Lincoln.

Lincoln is most famous for its historic ‘uphill’ quarter. Sitting atop the rather aptly named ‘Steep Hill’, the Cathedral was once the tallest building in the world, and the castle holds one of four original copies of the Magna Carta.  In the uphill and Bailgate areas, there’s plenty of independent cafes, pubs and restaurants to try; once you’ve finished exploring the cobbled streets.

Head down Steep Hill to Lincoln’s High Street and St Marks areas, where you can find many big brand shops along with independent retailers. Nightlife in Lincoln has been much improved since the arrival of the University, with a wide range of bars and clubs to choose from.

Lincoln is currently seeing wide-scale development with a new transport hub, and the current regeneration of the ‘Cornhill Quarter’ in the City Centre.

A visit to Lincoln’s famous annual Christmas Market is a must; held over the first weekend in December, German-style chalets transform the uphill area into a wonderland of festive sights and smells.

Why not also pay a visit to Sincil Bank and soak up the match-day atmosphere and watch Lincoln City Football club in action.

Our Address

Our Head Office is conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Train Station, near St. Marks shopping centre.

Ambitions Personnel
Firth Court
Firth Road
Lincoln
Lincs
LN5 7WD

Tel: 01522 546643

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Lincoln

We’ve been established in Lincoln since 1990, so we know the job market inside out. If you’re considering moving here and want to find out more about the types of roles available then speak to one of our consultants who’ll be happy to help. We recruit for permanent and temporary roles across a wide variety of industries, from warehousing, factory and driving, to office-based roles at all levels, including HR, marketing and accounts.

Entry level roles in industrial sectors such as factory and warehousing are usually paid at the National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage rates, but can sometimes attract a premium for overtime or shifts. Large employers will often use a recruitment agency to help with peaks in demand, and often offer permanent contracts to agency workers.

The average starting salary for an Administrator is between £16,000 and £18,000 per annum.

Getting around

The city centre itself is small enough for everywhere to be accessed by foot. However, if you want to head further afield then Lincoln has a newly regenerated ‘transport hub’, encompassing a brand new bus station and improved links to the train station. The move has created an increase in services in the city, making it easier than ever to get about.

House Prices / Rent

House prices in Lincoln are very reasonable compared to other areas of the UK, which is encouraging if you’re thinking about moving to the city. A 2 bedroom property in the city can be snapped up for around £90,000 – £120,000, whereas average rents are around £500 per month.

If this has piqued your interest in living in the city, and you’d like to know more about the opportunities we have in Lincoln, click through to our jobs page here.

 

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Oct/18

12

How to up Your Public Speaking Game

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Whether it’s for work, school or socially, whether it’s to 10 or 1000 people, the thought of having to address a room full of people is enough to bring some people out in a cold sweat. And if this is you, you are not alone; research has shown that a fear of public speaking ranks higher than a fear of heights or snakes! Even royalty aren’t exempt; it’s been said that even Prince Harry isn’t a fan!

One way to deal with it is to simply avoid situations where public speaking would be necessary, however, there may be times where you’re faced with no choice.

Avoiding the need to speak publically is one way to deal with it, but there are lots of reasons why it’s a great skill to have under your belt. Not least the fact that it might help boost your career opportunities! Read on for our top tips on how to ace your next presentation:

  1. Make friends with your nerves

Just simply by accepting the fact that you are going to be nervous, and that it’s a perfectly natural response to the situation, is the first step. Unless public speaking is your day job, it’s unrealistic to expect that you’re not going to have some level of nerves in the lead-up and/or on the day. Take the steps you can to help counteract your nerves, things such as breathing exercises, gentle stretching and general self-care (being well rested and eating a light nutritious breakfast etc.), might be useful.

It might also be useful to remember that some nerves are actually good for you, the adrenaline is your body’s way of making sure you’re alert and ready. It also shows it’s something you care about, so channelling this passion can help engage your audience.

  1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

Before you put pen to paper, think about why you’re giving the speech, what the purpose is and what outcome you’re looking for. Research your audience; what knowledge level do they have already and in what tone do you want to address them? Think about presentations you’ve seen yourself; what did you like or what didn’t work? Are you going to use any props or a slideshow? Remember to use Powerpoint sparingly; to highlight key messages or show images/infographics, avoid blocks of text. If you are giving a presentation then we have some separate advice covering all aspects of them here.

Many of the best presenters will start with something to grab the audience’s attention, possibly a fact, statistic or an anecdotal story.  Once you have gained the audience’s interest initially, statistics show that you have up to 20 minutes before their attention may wander; so make sure you can be concise without losing your message. Add a personal touch where you can and aim to speak conversationally, it will help the audience relate to you on a personal level and boost your credibility. Finish on a strong note, with a summary or statement that will be remembered.

Some people are advocates of only writing an outline or pointers, to avoid sounding like you’re simply reading from a script, whereas for some, it might provide more comfort to have the full speech down on paper. Either way, practice as much as you can – saying it out loud is a must!

  1. It’s all in the delivery

Deciding what to say is only half the battle, how you say it is just as important.

Firstly, aim to speak clearly, with confidence and passion. The tone of your voice can make up for a thousand words, and really helps keep the audience engaged. Pause to take a breath or a sip of water after making a key point, it gives the audience time to really digest what you’ve said. A speech or presentation should not be delivered at your normal conversational speed, plus most people tend to speed up if they’re feeling nervous, so a good rule of thumb is that if you think you’re going too slow, you’re probably ok!

Whether you’re seated or standing, your body language is important; keep it open, and use your hands to enhance what you’re saying. If you like to move around, this is fine, but avoid pacing up and down too much as this can distract from your message.

Eye contact is key! Instead of simply looking in the general direction of the audience, try picking out a few friendly faces and making eye contact on rotation.

Above all, smile! Remember that the audience are there to see you and most will want you to succeed!

 

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Oct/18

4

How to Bring Mindfulness Into Your Working Day

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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is one of those words that seems to be everywhere at the moment, but what does it really mean? Mindfulness is defined by mindful.org as ‘the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us’.

We can do this by becoming an observer of yourself; your thoughts, sensations, feelings and emotions. The key is to try your best to do this without judgement.

The good news about mindfulness is that you already have everything you need, and the more you practice, the more you’ll reap the benefits.

How can I be more mindful at work?

  1. Focus on your breathing

Stop what you’re doing and consciously bring all of your attention to your breathing. Follow your breath as it enters your body and as you breathe out. If you get distracted or your mind wanders off, just acknowledge that and bring yourself back to focusing on your breath as you inhale and exhale. Even a few seconds of mindful breathing can be a powerful way of reconnecting to the present moment.

  1. Use reminders

We’re often going about our day to day lives on auto-pilot. Even once you’ve experienced the benefits of mindfulness, it’s easy to forget to be mindful! Set an alarm on your phone, so when it goes off it’s a reminder that you have an opportunity to take a step back and observe what is going on for you in present moment.

  1. Embrace Stress

Studies have shown that how you perceive stress can affect how it impacts you. If you tend to think of stress in a negative way, try thinking about how stress can actually help you.  When you are facing a challenging time at work, notice your heart rate and your breathing. Be grateful that stress is energising your body and making you more alert, preparing you for the task ahead.

  1. Accept what you can’t change

Mindfulness is all about acceptance. Accepting everything just as it is in the present moment, without trying to change anything. This is something that can be applied personally (accepting all of yourself, exactly as you are – even the bits you don’t like), but also in work situations.

  1. Do one job at a time

Research shows that multi-tasking is actually ineffective as it’s pretty impossible to really do two things at once. Prioritise your workload and/or create a to-do list. Tackle one task at the time and give it your full attention. If your mind wanders, just bring it back to the job in hand. Taking phone calls? Do it mindfully, really listen to the person you’re speaking to rather than jumping ahead and planning your response.

  1. Meditate!

One of the ways mindfulness can be cultivated is through meditation. The practice of meditation has roots in many ancient religions and cultures going back over two thousand years. In more recent times, teachings have been adapted to the modern world and made accessible for all. There’s a wealth of free information available online, recorded meditations to follow and downloadable apps. Meditation can be done whilst seated, walking, or even while doing other forms of exercise, such as yoga.

It’s not always going to be practical to do this one whilst actually at work. But by building a regular meditation practice into your daily routine, the benefits will continue into your working day. Or why not try organising a group meditation or yoga session during your lunch break?

“You are the sky. Everything else is just weather” – Pema Chodron

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Sep/18

28

How to Avoid an Afternoon Slump

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It happens to loads of us, after a really productive morning you can feel your eyes dropping in the afternoon. By about 2pm we’re struggling to focus, despite the mountain of work staring back at us. If this sounds like you, then help is at hand. We’ve developed some advice to keep you in the zone for longer.

Get a good night’s sleep

The most critical thing is to get your full quota of sleep every night. The recommended amount is 8 hours, however most people only get around 6. Being fully rested gives you the energy for the day ahead, you will get up feeling alert and awake, rather than tired until that first coffee!

More sleep will allow you to keep your focus in the afternoon and make better decisions. You will also have less reliance on caffeine; another positive step.

Attack your workload

It can be tempting to put off the bigger tasks until later on, whilst you ease into the day ahead. However, studies show that you’re at your most alert around an hour after arriving at work. So for maximum productivity, it makes sense to tackle those more demanding jobs straight away, meaning that if you do feel a little tired later on, it won’t have as much of an impact.

Eat well

Your diet is integral to staying alert and motivated. Sugary treats can often be very tempting, and can be a quick fix for an energy boost. However, this will only lead to a ‘crash’ later on. Eating balanced and nutritional food, at both breakfast and lunch, will give you the required energy for the afternoon.

We’ve been through a few easy breakfast and lunch options, that will help keep your energy levels up and create some much-needed excitement for your work meals.

Get out more!

Spending time outside really helps you unwind and reassess things. Being in the same place for too long can cloud your judgement, and hamper your decision making. Try getting away from your desk, or even the office altogether if possible, at lunchtime. The walk, fresh air and sunlight will all re-energise you, as well as contribute to a healthier day.

Change your routine

Your routine might be just that, routine. It is difficult to be consistently engaged and challenged if there is a lack of variety in your day. Try and limit yourself to an hours work at a time on any particular project. Research suggests that any longer and you will struggle to make any progress anyway. So when you get an opportunity, mix things up a little bit and create a change. A new task will rejuvenate you, and reduce the likelihood of a slump in the afternoon.

Working with others is a great way of altering your routine for the better. Being social and communicating will increase your energy levels, make sure it’s engaging though, sitting and listening to someone else drone will have the opposite effect.

These are a few of the best ways we’ve found to increase energy in the afternoon. Let us know your top tips in the comments below.

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Sep/18

7

5 Healthy Lunch Ideas

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  1. PASTA SALADS

Convenience food as its best; just cook up a batch of pasta at home the night before and pop in the fridge, the next day you’re ready to go. It’s delicious cold, or simply re-heat if you prefer a hot lunch. The possibilities are endless so you can be sure you won’t get bored; just add whatever takes your fancy.

If you fancy some more inspiration, we like the sound of these recipes: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/power-packed-pasta-boxes

  1. SOUPS

Batch-cook a healthy and warming lunch for the week ahead, using a base of cooked onion and garlic, chuck in whatever veggies take your fancy, cover with stock and cook until soft. Blend up using a hand blender until smooth or leave chunky if you prefer.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try this spicy soup with a Mexican twist: https://recipes.sainsburys.co.uk/recipes/baking/mexican-chilli-bean-soup

  1. LAYERED SALAD JARS

Not only super healthy, but they look great too! Start with pouring your choice of salad dressing into a jar, followed by layers of any ingredients you like; vegetables, quinoa, cheese, even fruit! Your pretty rainbow lunch will be the envy of your colleagues. By putting the dressing in first your salad stays crisp and fresh until you’re ready to eat.

Click here for a more detailed guide: https://hurrythefoodup.com/how-to-pack-a-salad-in-a-jar/

  1. BURRITO BOWLS

Using cooked rice as a base, top with chicken, avocado, black beans, sweetcorn and peppers. Use a shop-bought chipotle sauce or tomato salsa, or go one better and make your own. A tasty lunch treat which will be sure to keep those afternoon snack cravings away.

Click here for the full recipe: https://damndelicious.net/2014/09/10/easy-burrito-bowls/

  1. PROTEIN POTS

Gym bunny or trying out a low carb diet? Whatever your reason for wanting to up your protein intake, these recipes might be the answer to your lunch conundrum and help you stay on plan, even while out and about.

Low on time? Just hard boil some eggs, and mix with tuna and spinach.

Or for something with a bit more spice, try this Indian Chicken recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/indian-chicken-protein-pots

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