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5 tips to surviving the World Cup season

Gear up for the most exciting yet exhausting 4 weeks of your life
ST701 Editorial Team - June 10, 2014
By: Huda Nabilah Afandi
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5 tips to surviving the World Cup season

You’ve been waiting for four years and the World Cup is finally coming round again.  You may have already made plans to watch every single match being aired for the entire month but it is vital that you take good care of yourself too.

Here are 5 tips to help you survive the World Cup season: 

1. Ensure you’re always well-rested

The time difference between Singapore and Brazil will cause you to wake up at ungodly hours to watch the matches. Instead of staying up all night and waiting for the match to begin, go to sleep much earlier and wake up at the time when the match is being played. For example, instead of staying up till 3am for the Spain versus Netherlands match, you could go to bed at 8pm and wake up again just before 3am. This way, you will have had 7 hours of sleep and will not be too tired for work or school.

2. Munch on healthy snacks

As the matches start showing at wee hours of the morning, it is not wise to start the day with junk food. Considering the fact that you might be getting less sleep than usual, snacking on unhealthy food will only make it easier for you to fall sick. As an alternative, swop potato chips with crunchy carrots or nuts as you’re watching the match. For every can of soda/beer you drink, drink a glass of plain water as well.

3. Don’t over work yourself
Planning to catch an important match? Ensure you get enough rest throughout the day before if you still plan to go to work or school in the morning after the match. If you think you will not be able to cope at work, it might be a good idea to take a half day leave in advance to rest. Just remember to seek your boss’ permission and ensure your work is covered. Football matches may be important but it is not right to neglect the work your job entails too as you have a responsibility to your employer.

4. Take short naps or a walk

Feeling a little sleepy at work or school is inevitable, especially after an exciting night of watching a game. If you really feel tired and cannot carry on, take a quick 10 or 15 minutes power nap and it should do the trick. If leaving your desk will help, take a short walk around your office compound (and perhaps fruit juice as well) to freshen you up.

5. Exercise regularly

While you may feel tired, remember that going for your fifth cup of coffee isn’t necessarily helping you as it will only just increase your caffeine level (which isn’t healthy). Going for a quick jog or having a short work out before leaving for the office or school will help you to energize yourself and keep your heart pumping, which can in turn help you in stay awake.

The World Cup may be the most important thing to you but you have to remember that you’re important too. Your health is something you need to take care of as no one is going to do that job for you. After all, the World Cup is still just soccer games. Stay healthy!

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