Want to feel better, function better, and work better? It all starts with your body! The better you take care of your body, the better you can function in everyday life and in your business. Enter biohacking. Here’s how to biohack your way to business success.
What Is Biohacking?
Biohacking is the practice of making small, incremental changes to your diet and lifestyle in order to help your body perform at its best. Some biohackers focus solely on nutrition, while others attempt to “hack” every aspect of their biology. Some use supplements and gadgets, and others go the all-natural route. No matter how you choose to practice it, biohacking is all about finding small ways to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
The Issue With Biohacking
As with most things, you can definitely go too far with biohacking. If you push your body too hard, you can end up burnt out and feeling even worse than you did before you started.
Most of the language around biohacking focuses on financial success, productivity, and “hustling harder.” If you’ve been around for a while, you know that my coaching philosophy is the opposite.
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Instead of the constant hustle, I’m all about finding balanced, sustainable ways to achieve the success you desire, not the version of success the world tells you that you should desire. That’s why I’ve developed a more sustainable approach to biohacking that prioritizes wellness over productivity.
4 Sustainable Ways to Biohack Your Way to Success
Ready to biohack your way to success? Here are five simple ways to get started that won’t take over your life.
1. Seek Sunlight
It’s no secret that spending time outside can boost your mood, but did you know it has a ton of other health benefits? Even if you’re just resting and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, being outside can lower your blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and even improve your eyesight.
Try it yourself: Every day for the next week, spend at least ten uninterrupted minutes outdoors. Put your phone away. Read a book, go for a walk, or just watch the birds. Then, when you go back to work, pay attention to how you feel. Chances are, you’ll go back to work refreshed and ready to focus.
2. Cycle Syncing
Like it or not, your menstrual cycle affects every aspect of your life, from your sleep to your mental health and even your work. Cycle syncing is the process working with your cycle instead of against it. For each of the four stages in your cycle, you’ll eat, exercise, and rest differently. It can help ease your symptoms, regulate your cycle, and improve your mood.
Try it yourself: Check out my blog post for tips on syncing your diet and exercise with the stages in your cycle. Try it for a month, and pay attention to how your symptoms change. It can have a major effect on your productivity and happiness in your work.
3. Improve Your Gut Health
Your digestive system is home to an entire community of microbes. When they’re happy and healthy, you feel better. But when they’re unbalanced, you can feel tired, sluggish, and bloated. To balance your gut, focus on gut-healing foods, supplements, and eating habits.
Try it yourself: Start by introducing fermented foods like kimchi and kombucha into your diet. You might also experiment with light intermittent fasting, which can increase the density of microbes in your gut. Pay attention to how you feel throughout the day. You might notice you don’t crash after lunch or you’re not as tempted to snack.
4. Limit Blue Light
It might seem obvious, but one of the best ways to improve your sleep and focus is by limiting your exposure to blue light. Not only does blue light keep your brain awake, but it also suppresses melatonin production. The less blue light you’re exposed to, the better you’re likely to feel.
Try it yourself: Start by limiting your exposure at night. For the last hour before you go to bed, turn off and put away all electronic devices. Once you get used to that, do the same thing for the first hour after you wake up. Chances are, you’ll find yourself less fatigued throughout the workday if you spend less of your free time away from screens.
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