Chapter 2: Eating
If you’re anything like me, a great meal can either make your day or burst your bubble completely. In addition to our mood, diet also influences both our mental and physical health, so you should pay attention to your eating habits.
1. Just eat
If I’m hungry, I’m angry and awful. There’s a reason. Eating is related to the dopamine levels in your body. That’s why eating is associated with pleasure and reward.
So be careful to have a nice lunch even if you’re having the busiest day ever.
2. Calm yourself down
Project managers have one of the most stressful workdays. But did you know that certain foods have a calming effect on your nervous system? Grabbing a banana whenever you feel a tiny bit anxious may be too simple minded, but incorporating more of these ingredients to your everyday diet may just as well have an overall positive effect. Try this out for a few weeks and let us know – is there a difference?
3. Boost your brain
As we all know, project managers don’t have it easy. Reacting to changes demands a decent amount of energy and eating the right food can also empower your brain. Eat food rich in Omega 3 (like trout or salmon), whole grain and vitamins. Fresh fruit and salad is a must, and keep in mind to eat less meat and sugar to improve thinking ability.
4. Eating improves your immune system
Eating probiotics like yoghurt, kimchi, sauerkraut or miso change the microflora in your intestines and improve your immune system. And when you’re feeling great, there’s no bother in putting up with those workdays – even when it’s autumn. Or winter.