What you should know about Vitamin D

What you should know about Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a vital role in bone maintenance and growth, but when it comes to other health conditions, like respiratory tract infections (e.g. COVID), the jury is still out.

Lately I have been hearing a lot of people sharing their tips about how to “boost” your immunity and, frankly, I’m a bit concerned. One frequent claim is that taking high or mega doses of vitamin C and D can help keep infections at bay. Let’s focus on Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine” vitamin because it’s produced by your body after you’ve been in the sun.

1.- Vitamin D is not a silver bullet. The crucial role of Vitamin D in bone maintenance and growth has strong evidence behind it, but when it comes to other health conditions, like respiratory tract infections (such as COVID), the evidence remains patchy. The jury is still out as to whether this vitamin helps prevent or fight these infections.

2.- More does not mean better, in fact, more can be worse. Too much Vitamin D can be toxic and in some cases even predispose you to painful kidney stones. 

3.- Go natural. If you’re not getting a healthy amount of sun exposure, you can get Vitamin D from natural sources rather than supplements. Some foods rich in Vitamin D are salmon, tuna, sardines, milk, eggs and orange juice.

If you are taking vitamin D supplements, you probably don’t need more than 800 IU per day. Unless your doctor recommends it, avoid going beyond the safe upper limit of 4,000 IU.

Let’s stick to the evidence we have without making any rash decisions and put ourselves at unnecessary risk. Always consult a healthcare professional before making choices about supplements. 

Always at the service of your wellbeing.

César

How to get your mojo back after being off work

How to get your mojo back after being off work

Helpful tips to get back into “work mode” after taking some time off.

Have you noticed how getting back into “work mode” after you’ve taken some time off can be surprisingly challenging? Some people even panic a little believing they have lost their mojo for good.

But don’t you worry, you can quickly regain your levels of productivity and focus if you follow these tips:
Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise. – Rather than absorbing yourself in your inbox as your first order of the day, get a pen and paper and write down the most important things that you need to focus on.  Once you have a clear action plan based on your top priorities, proceed with relentless focus. As Bruce Lee once professed “The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus.”

Check-in with your team. Don’t accept every meeting that you are invited to attend. A better use of your time is to have short and focused meetings with key members of your team to get your relationships back in sync. Your conversations should allow you to confirm your priorities and give you the extra jolt of energy you need to kick-start your return.

Let your intentions rule your day. Ensure that you start your day knowing what you would like to accomplish during that day and that week.  Whenever you feel that something is distracting you, go back to the safe harbour of your intention to remind you to stay on course.

Keep taking breaks. Just because you have only now come back from a decent break does not mean that you should neglect taking time off several times a day to recharge yourself. Remember to take 5 to 10-minute breaks every 90 minutes if you want to be operating at your best.

And in the words of the late Steve Jobs, never forget that what you need is “Focus and simplicity…. Once you get there, you can move mountains.”

Always at the service of your wellbeing.

César

2021: It’s a Mindset Game

2021: It’s a Mindset Game

Our 2021 mindset plays an essential role in our growth, development and success. Have you set yourself up for 2021?

The new year has finally arrived and if we want to make the most of it, we need to ask ourselves a fundamental question: How am I setting myself up for a great 2021?

Our 2021 mindset will play an essential role in our growth, development and success in the coming year. For this, we need to embark on a process of reflection. We need to begin to reconcile the events of 2020 in a positive light. Ask yourself the following questions:

1) What good came out of my 2020 experience?

2) What opportunities has 2020 created for me?3) What learnings can I bring into 2021?

At face value, some of us may have experienced more downside than upside in 2020. However, by taking the time to reframe the downside, we are likely to find valuable lessons or give meaning to what happened in the past year.

The lotus flower starts off as a bud underwater in murky ponds but blooms from these muddy waters perfectly clean and beautiful. The strength of the lotus flower resides in you as well. Tap into this energy and make the most of this brand new year.

Always at the service of your wellbeing,

César

Inner peace is at your beck and call

Inner peace is at your beck and call

Inner peace must be one of the most universally sought after states of being. However, most of us are looking in the wrong place for it.

When I ask people what they want out of this experience we call life, most of the answers include health, happiness and inner peace. Inner peace must be one of the most universally sought after states of being.

However, most of us are looking in the wrong place for it. Lasting inner peace is not something you’ll find once you finish a project, start a relationship, find a job, or solve a problem. The sense of inner peace that we find in things that are external to us is, for the most part, unstable, ephemeral and sporadic.

Lasting, stable and consistent inner peace is found within us. It is our natural state of being. True inner peace is not dependent on circumstances or external situations. This state of being is deeply ingrained in our inner self.

To access this state of calmness and balance, we only need to still our mind. Whether through practising meditation, mindfulness or breath awareness, a calm mind will bring us inner peace in the moment at your beck and call.

Try these practices – they are free and available to you at every waking moment. Don’t look outside for what you already have inside.

As the words of Rumi remind us “I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.”

Even if nothing changes, if you change, everything changes

Even if nothing changes, if you change, everything changes

It’s mesmerising how a subtle shift in how we perceive a given situation can change what we say, do, or feel about something.

 
Reflextion of the week: “Even if nothing changes, if I change, everything changes”
 
Do you remember the last time you were upset at something someone said or did? Can you recall the emotion you felt? Was it anger, frustration, dismay, disappointment, indignation, or something else?
 
Now I invite you to review the same incident, but from the perspective of the other person. What if this person was going through some kind of struggle? What if he/she is going through a very unhappy period in his/her life?
 
Knowing this, would you have reacted differently? Would you feel differently?
 
It’s mesmerising how a subtle shift in how we perceive a given situation can change what we say, do, or feel about something.
 
Try it right now, and let me know what you experience.
 
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Do you like what you do?

Do you like what you do?

We are all born to fulfil a purpose, have you found yours?

I’m 100% subscribed to the principle that we are all born to fulfil a purpose. Even if we think that we don’t have a purpose, our purpose in this instance is to find our purpose and then act upon it in order to serve others.  

Some people believe that they have the wrong job when in fact they might just be in the wrong role. Sometimes all it takes is putting yourself forward for a project that takes advantage of your natural strengths.  

When you get to use your strengths (talents+skills+knowledge) at work or almost anything you do, you soon begin to realise that you lose track of time. This is a great indicator that you are doing purposeful work.  

So, what strengths do you believe you have? How can you apply them in your present role?  

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please write them in the comments section below.