You may have recently seen PayPath's The A, B, Cs to All-Natural Mind-Boosting Foods. Avocados, blueberries, and celery are not only super-healthy, but they contain properties that keep our minds going strong all day for a workday that is as productive and successful as it can be.

Mindless munching on candy and other junk may make you think you're energizing yourself, but the inevitable crash, not to mention the unwanted pounds you'll pack on only prove that going healthy is the best way to fuel for focus.

These next 3 foods - D, E, and F – will give you more noshing options when you need to stay sharp and steady all day. All-natural is all you need for stamina that sticks.

Dark Chocolate

Now we're talking! Grab a small portion of real dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao (cocoa). As per Healthy Eater, the more cacao in the chocolate signifies that there are more flavanols present. Flavanols have been found to "improve cognitive function."

Healthy Eater recommends Pascha Chocolate, which is organic and non-GMO. Cacao percentage runs from 55% - 85%.

If you are seeking to satisfy your sweet tooth and boost your brainpower, there's nothing like a piece of dark chocolate to hit the spot!

Eggs

When you need to get crackin' at work, go for an egg or two for breakfast or lunch. According to mindbodygreen, eggs are "rich in choline, the precursor chemical for acetylcholine, one of the most fundamental neurotransmitters." Additionally, the cholesterol in eggs is important for brain cell membranes and works as a protective antioxidant.

Some people have worried that eggs are no good for their health, but as per the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, "Eating one egg a day was not associated with an increase in heart risks."

So go on and enjoy that toasty egg sandwich for breakfast, a hard-boiled egg as a mid-day snack, or an omelet with veggies for lunch. You'll stay on top of your work all day long and get a healthy dose of protein too.

Fish

Oily fish like salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, and trout are brain-boosters (and they're tasty too!). As per goodfood, "The most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish in the form of EPA and DHA. These fats are important for healthy brain function, and sufficient levels of both EPA and DHA is thought to help us manage stress." And who's not stressed out at work at least some of the time?

Order poached or grilled salmon for lunch out with co-workers or toss a few sardines into a fresh salad for an oily fish fix. Fish is heart-healthy and great for an all-natural mind-boosting meal.

Eat for natural nourishment of the body and mind. Stay tuned for more brain-benefiting foods to come!

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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