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6 health hacks to survive work overload

I was getting wiped out.  Working long hours one to one with clients, often dealing with highly complex biomechanical pain issues, only to step out of one office straight on to the front-lines of the web development for the new Evolution Organics website.

Two full time jobs and a very beautiful but very new baby daughter. Sleep deprivation at one end and full on capital raising, website development madness at the other!  This kind of situation and working pace is not uncommon and I’ve spent a lot of time treating people who have literally depleted themselves to the point of what can seem to be unrecoverable exhaustion.

Fortunately for me I have over 20 years of experience and training in how to retain optimal health whilst working very hard. All of this training very recently came in to full effect.

My life is indeed rich and full and the recent web build along with managing my clients and home life with a new daughter was certainly a profound test for my health, and how hard I can push both my physiological and psychological systems without breaking anything…yet!

The key foundations that allow me to work very hard when needed and maintain optimal health are simple and when on the front lines are best adhered to religiously.

  1. Eating to maintain physiological balance - Never miss breakfast making sure you have adequate organically sourced protein fats and oils. It’s key to get the blood sugar balanced and prepare the body for the day to come. Enough fat and oil are key to optimal psychological balance, whilst under pressure you need all the help you can get.
  2. Filtered clean water supply - Stay hydrated, this promotes all physiological systems to run better, the gut to work effectively and the mind to stay sharp. Hydration is key to high energy levels!
  3. Optimal sleep cycles - Try to get a clear 8 hours of sleep a night getting to bed by 10pm and up by 6am. If you have a baby or small children then try to make plans to get a break when you need it so that you can sleep a whole night though.
  4. Focused contemplation or meditation - Take some time out in the garden, park or woods. Even better practice a focused meditation. This for me is the key, the binding principle that allows the greatest apparent obstacles in life to become the greatest opportunities for growth and healing. It’s like alchemy, one can turn trauma in to wisdom and healing!
  5. Take appropriate exercise - When under high degrees of physiological pressure take your exercise programme down a few notches. Gentle aerobic training or core training are good as one can achieve a lot at lower intensities, so less pressure on an already over taxed system.
  6. Supplementation, the next level! - When pushing the body beyond the normal physiological limits, optimal health may not be enough - we need some health hacks! I use gentle botanical supplements such as plant oils and turmeric on a daily basis however when needed I can tweak the system with Bulletproof and Natural Stacks products for even higher performance. Warning! - This is like running a bank account, make sure have credit before pushing beyond normal limits and make sure you pay back the debt! Respect the foundations of optimal health.


In all normal circumstances of life the 6 keys above are more than enough to keep me vibrant and healthy even when I’m on the front lines of life, however I was working though unprecedented physiological territory! I took a walk around the Evolution Organics warehouse for inspiration as I could feel that I needed a greater level of specific adrenal support and this level of specify is exactly what I found in AdrenoMax.

2 thoughts on “6 health hacks to survive work overload”

  • Shak

    Great Article and I can relate to some . I'm always rushing so miss breakfast but generally when I do have breakfast I very often feel sluggish . Can you expand on organically soured fats ( did you mean sourced ) and oils.
    Anything you can recommend . Thanks

    • Henry Maitland

      Well spotted, one typo always seems to get through! So yes, sourced not soured! This could be coconut oil, MCT oil or fish oil. It could also be the fats and oils that we get when eating high quality organic meats. Generally I see people under eating proteins fats and oils for breakfast. If vegetarian then I would recommend looking at additional protein and oil supplementation from the wide variety of plant sources that we offer.
      Each meal we have would ideally contain a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and oils. We all have, to some degree, different requirements for these ratios. Most people however would do well with around 60% of the meal being protein. If this is to much the person may feel sluggish and could add more carbs (fresh green leafy vegetables) it takes a while to get the right fuel mix always with a consideration for the nutritional profile.

      In health and happiness


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More About The Author - Henry Maitland

Henry Maitland I've been working in the health and fitness world and have been studying related subjects for over 20 years.I started out studying sports science and human biology in 1994 and went on to qualify and work as a masseur in 1996 than as a personal trainer in 2001.I then went on to qualify as a CHEK practitioner and Holistic Lifestyle Coach in 2002. These are both multi stage qualifications and I spent ten years working my way through the more advanced levels and the epic reading lists that go with them. I still have Chek level 4 to look forward to and in the coming years plan to travel to San Diego and finish the journey.I took a brief break from my studies with the CHEK institute in 2007 to qualify as a St John's certified Neuromuscular Therapist and returned in 2008 and 2009 to complete the level 3 CHEK certifications.4 years ago I started studying with the four winds institute of energy medicine in America which is formed from the ancient shamanic healing techniques of the South American Q'ero Indians. This combined with the works of David; R Hawkins MD brought together for me the most extraordinary revelation as to dynamics of true health and wellness.I continue to read and study on my own path guided by those that I have studied with previously as I continue my research in to the many subjects that form the health equation.I have been running my own business, Core Evolution, for the last 12 years. I spend the majority of my time taking people through advanced holistic rehabilitation programmes and work on all areas of the Evolution Cycle of health (although not at the same time!)I very much hope I can share some of what I have discovered with you through the Evolution Organics blog.In health, chi, and happiness.Henry Maitland C.H.E.K practitioner level 3 St Johns Certified Neuromuscular therapist levels 1-8 C.H.E.K HLC level 3 C.H.E.K certified golf biomechanic ITEC certified Remedial masseur Shamanic healer - The four winds institute

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