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Feeling tired most of the time or spending most of the day with a knot in your stomach is not healthy. However, in the 21st century, this state of being has become the norm. This leads many to question what health is supposed to feel like and whether it is even attainable with such busy work schedules and the demands of a busy life.

The first week of July is national Corporate Wellness Week and it’s a good time to become aware of your body’s response to stress and how you can combat it naturally.

“Stress is a complex cascade of reactions. It puts you in survival mode to deal with a short-term emergency but remaining in this ‘overdrive’ state for long periods is very draining. That’s why your body starts to malfunction, and you become continually tired and/or more prone to infection,” says Patrick.

Other symptoms of stress include:

  • Overreactions to stressful situations
  • The inability to focus
  • Failing memory
  • Depression

Fortunately, it is possible to become more resilient to the stresses of life, feel better and have plenty of energy. According to Patrick, nutrition is an excellent place to start.

“By eating foods with a low GL score, combining carbohydrates with protein and eating regularly throughout the day, your cells will receive an even supply of energy-giving glucose,” explains Patrick.

Here is an easy-to-follow six-step summary of Patrick’s energy-boosting nutrition plan:

  1. B vitamins. Eat plenty of wheatgerm, fish, green vegetables, wholegrains, mushrooms and eggs.
  2. Co-Q10. Be smart about your meat choices and go for sardines, mackerel, beef, pork and chicken.
  3. Incorporate almonds, chia, pumpkin seeds and buckwheat into your meals.
  4. Seeds and cheese are healthy and tasty additions.
  5. Zinc. Nuts, lamb and oysters are good sources of this mineral.
  6. Don’t forget about those delicious plant-protein heroes, beans.