Are you ready to improve your programming skills to another level?
Coding and other tech careers can be exhausting for the body’s overall health, and in a blink of an eye, your body feels sluggish, tired, and struggling to focus on your work.
Lack of progress due to being just like on a low battery can significantly impact your work and so here are four easy life-changes for you to adapt to increase your work performance.
Programmers unhealthy lifestyle
Programmers and coders spent a lot of time on the laptop. Many times neglecting a healthy routine and become seduced and sucked into their comfy office chair by their sedentary lifestyle.
However, how can you create the best code if you don’t feed your body with the right data?
Imagine, food is just like lousy coding resulting in crappy software. You feed your brain with rubbish, and your work will have a direct impact on it.
Well, let me correct myself, you feed your gut microbes with nonsense, and you’ll get nonsense. Our bodies have created a superfast network within our body, also known as the gut-brain axis. This bi-directional communication system sends messages between your gut and brain.
Consequently, the diversity of the microbiome determines the state of your mental health. Skills like productivity, creativity, and focus gradually get lost in the dust bin developing consequential symptoms such as:
- Weight gain
- Bad digestion
- Lack of sleep
- Depression and even anxiety
All the above and more can significantly reflect on the quality of your work and so maintaining a healthy microbiome; your gut flora will receive the correct data from working at its best to produce the best results, a.k.a the best code.
Four ways to become a better coder or programmer
On top of focusing on improving your programming skills, which play a tremendous role in growing the top of the range programmer or a coder, you have to take care of those trillions of little microbes living in your gut.
As the research shows, gut and brain go hand-in-hand, it comes to no surprise that our focus and productivity will be affected by an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
Therefore, developing a few simple habits will have a tremendous overall improvement in your work.
Follow these four easy ways to boost your productivity and focus:
- Stay active
- Take probiotics
- Follow the gut-friendly diet
Just like improving your programming skills can be challenging and will require a certain amount of commitment, living a healthy lifestyle can take a day or two to adjust and fit your needs. Be patient and consistent with achieving the optimal mind-blowing cognitive skills.
1. Stay active
Staying physically active can improve health and reduce the risk of many unwanted chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.
Nowadays, there is a whole list of activities, exercises, apps, and tools you can choose from that boost your brain productivity and help you to excel at your work.
A few to name are:
- Join a local gym
- Find a hobby
- Exercise at home
- Take regular breaks
My recommendation is to find something you enjoy and will commit to in the long run to get the best results.
The word “meditation” has been overlooked as a religious practice followed by monks and hippies to pursue Nirvana and enlightenment.
Meditation forces us to switch off for a moment and escape from our overloading world of work and life. Just like we put focus on each breath, we shouldn’t overload our brains with endless information.
Instead, we should dedicate our focus on one piece at a time. In other words, focus on one block of code at a time.
And the final result?
Your regular meditation sessions will make you more productive.
Just like mentioned on Reddit about meditating by a programmer, the meditation has its perks.
Picture: Reddit discussion about programmers who meditate, assemble!
So how one can start meditating and get out of “the zone”?
Easy, choose one of the best meditation apps of the year who have millions of worldwide users you are guaranteed quality, reliability, and effectiveness:
- The Mindfulness App: You can get a premium subscription for $9.99 for one month or $59.99 for the year with one month’s free trial included.
- Headspace: You can get a premium subscription fo $69.99 for the year with one month’s free trial included.
- Calm: You can get a premium subscription fo $59.99 for the year and $299.99 for a lifetime subscription with one month’s free trial included.
- Buddhify: Prices start from $30, check the website for more info.
These are just a few to name, but with endless options out there, choose the one that speaks to you the most and satisfy your mind with well-needed rest.
3. Take probiotics
As a nutritionist and gut specialist, this is my best recommendation for you, especially if you want to stay on top of the game and be a kick-ass programmer or coder.
Taking probiotics regularly has shown to improve workplace health and increase productivity.
And no wonder, probiotics are live bacteria that promote a good, healthy digestive health. In the same way, there are harmful bacteria we need to avoid; there are good bacteria that are highly beneficial for us.
There is one problem with most of the probiotic supplements on the market. They may not be as effective as they say they are.
Our highly acidic stomach acids and digestion often destroy them before they have the chance to reach our gut.
An easy solution is to go for a brand that focuses on sporal probiotics, meaning the bacteria are coated in a protective layer until they enter your lower digestive tract.
If you are not suffering from any gut-related issues such as bloating, bowel movement problems, and abdominal pain, to name a few, taking a daily probiotic may be a way to go.
A good probiotic supplement will improve your gut microbiome, increase your bacterial diversity and, consequently, improve your focus and mood.
4. Follow the gut-friendly diet
A gut-friendly diet is the brain-food for anyone who’s mind doesn’t stop when working.
And if the job requires quite a lot of mind usage, you need to flourish it with the right food; the brain-food.
Our good gut bacteria prefer very different food groups, and so depending on what you eat will help good bacteria dominate over the bad ones, which generally prefer the unhealthy diet filled with sugar, fast food, and excess alcohol intake.
On top of this, the imbalanced undernourished diet will contribute in further elimination of the good beneficial bacteria, also known as the foremost probiotics.
With so much conflicting information online about what to eat and what not to eat, I’ve put together a couple of simple adjustments you can make to improve your gut health.
- Eat more fermented foods
Regularly consuming fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, natural yogurt, and miso is crucial as these are the probiotic boosting foods your gut needs.
It’s like updating the software makes your PC faster; the probiotic foods will enhance your cognitive functions.
- Consume prebiotic foods
Prebiotic foods feed the bacteria in your gut. Their purpose is to support and stimulate the guys inside so they achieve the best performance environment. These include; chicory root, dandelion greens, garlic, leeks, onions, asparagus.
- Diversify what you eat
Consuming a more complex, colorful diet full of vegetables and fruits will help you increase the bacterial diversity. The more of the right types of bacteria, the better the productivity and overall health will get.
The truth is, the relationship between your diet and productivity goes much deeper than we’re aware.
And so, if you feel like you need a performance boost, a gut-friendly diet is exactly what you need.
Want to learn more about how to improve your gut health? Book a free 30-minute transformational session with a nutritionist.
Become a better coder
It’s time to get serious and dive into your work fully charged and healthy.
We’ve all have fallen into the comfort zone surrounded by our laziness, but it is never too late to change that.
Breaking old habits and introducing new ones may come with its challenges, but this doesn’t make them impossible to achieve.
Follow the four simple ways starting with bay steps. Don’t push yourself and set unrealistic goals. For example, start with the simplest one, such as taking a probiotic supplement every day. After one week introduces another new change and so on.
You didn’t learn to code overnight, right? 😉