Breakfast And Home Working

With so many conflicting priorities when working from home and running a home based business, breakfast is not always top of your list of priorities. 

How many of us get straight up, cross the landing to the spare room home office and crack on with the tasks of the day?

We are more likely to still be in our PJs, switching on the pc and launching ourselves into the working day with nothing, but a humble cup of tea of coffee for fuel and sustenance. We then wonder why that chocolate bar sitting happily on the shelf in the fridge suddenly becomes so appealing at around 11am?

do you start your home working day eating breakfast in front of your computer

Taking the time to eat properly in the morning can really make a difference to your day by boosting energy levels, concentration and helping to decrease stress levels, which ultimately all impact on your home-working productivity. 

Sitting down to eat a proper breakfast each morning can also add structure to your working day which some home workers lack when focusing on the task of running their business and getting through their ‘to-do’ list each day.

Nutritional experts have referred to breakfast as the most important meal of the day, citing studies that find that people who skip breakfast are disproportionately likely to have problems with concentration, metabolism, and weight.

It can also make you healthier and happier. Not only that but breakfast eaters tend to be slimmer than breakfast skippers - weight gain being a regular cause of complaint of our members.

Eating breakfast can aid concentration and mental performance and provide you with the nutrients and energy needed to effectively work from home and juggle the demands of the rest of your life within the working day.

The self-discipline and multi-tasking involved in working from home and taking responsibility for running your working life from home can make you prone to depression and high levels of stress in juggling multiple tasks in one go. 

Research shows that breakfast eaters are less depressed and have lower levels of stress than breakfast skippers so its worth taking some time out to give some thought to this so that you are not wasting energy on negative emotion.

If you’re short of time why not try:

  • Porridge made with semi-skimmed milk topped with a selection of dried fruits
  • Muesli, fresh fruit and low-fat yoghurt
  • Wholegrain breakfast cereal with semi-skimmed milk
  • Boiled egg with wholemeal toast and low-fat spread
  • Grilled mushrooms and tomatoes on a wholegrain bagel

Or if you’re feeling more adventurous and can invest some time, take advantage of being at home and not having to rush out to the commute.

Take some time at the beginning of each day to create some of the recipes ideas on iHubbub, and if you don’t already, start to make breakfast time an important part of preparing and fuelling up for the home working day ahead.

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