If you ever find yourself struggling to get through the day at work then you’re not alone. Recent research shows that 3.5 million people in the UK admit they feel unsuccessful, while more than a third admit they feel they will never achieve success leaving them feel stressed and unhappy. And the key to success and job satisfaction may be hidden in our lunchbox.
Good news for chocolate lovers
Dopamine, found in bananas, peanuts and green tea, is a naturally occurring chemical that helps you concentrate and feel more positive – both leading to success at work. And the good news for those with a sweet tooth and caffeine fans is that it is also found in chocolate and coffee.
Clinical Psychologist, Dr Alex Fowke, says that dopamine is a naturally-occurring neurotransmitter, which boosts motivation and productivity, which contribute to an overall feeling of success.
Dopamine can boost one’s drive and focus. It’s implicated in various aspects of psychological functioning including attention span, focus and the ability to experience pleasure.
Simply said, feeling successful could in fact make you successful. Low levels of dopamine are associated with tiredness, lack of focus, low motivation and even mood swings and insomnia.”
A study conducted by YouGov found that a person’s age, followed by society’s view of success are the factors they feel most negatively impact the chances of achieving it. Those 55 and over are most likely to believe their age is impeding their future success whereas those aged between 25 and 34 are least likely to think it would hold them back. Almost a third wish that society considered success to be less important. Nearly two in five wish it were easier to achieve it and the same proportion say that if a ‘magic pill’ for success existed, they would take it.
Have you ever come to realise that while everything is right in the workplace, although you are achieving results and all are pleased with you, you are internally unsuccessful and suppressed? You are not alone, it is more people than you can imagine.
Research by LinkedIn reveals that more than a quarter of Britons surveyed consider themselves unsuccessful, with Londoners the least likely to feel as if they are achieving success.
What foods you should have in your lunchbox
And as we think everyone should stand the best possible chance of achieving success however they define it, we suggest you a simple way to provide yourself with the energy and positivity needed for a great day.
Put in your lunchbox some of the following foods: almonds, avocados, bananas, beef, chicken, chocolate, coffee, eggs, green tea, milk, watermelon, yoghurt, apples, beans, soy products, whole grains, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Combine them according to your taste, exercise, be positive, celebrate the little victories and don’t forget to share the results with us!