Lacking energy at work can be a serious problem which affects your productivity and concentration. The post-lunch lull or drooping eyes after a late night are familiar to most office workers. There are, however, a number of small but significant changes you can easily make that can reap big rewards for your energy levels. Explore below for handy hints on how to overcome your office fatigue.
Start your morning right
Too often workers skip breakfast, in favour of an extra few minutes in bed before their commute to the office. Skipping the most important meal of the day, or regularly indulging in sweet options, rather than healthy alternatives, can leave you feeling drained.
Make sure to stock up on grains, fruits and dairy to start your morning on the right note. A bowl of porridge, with mixed nuts, fruit or yoghurt can be a fantastic energising start to your day, and it will keep you going till lunchtime. Eating breakfast replenishes your glucose levels and other essential nutrients which drop overnight, so it is important for feeling awake and on track.
Reach for the herbal tea
Going for the caffeine kick from your regular cup of tea or coffee is a reflex when you are tired, but this can leave you feeling even more exhausted than you were before.
Instead of risking the caffeine crash, reach for a green or herbal tea such as Siberian Ginseng. These alternatives give you a long-lasting surge of energy, which will keep you going throughout the day. Herbal teas can also help improve your immune system and digestion, whilst fighting anxiety, so they are a great go-to for your workplace drink.
Organise your day
Often, a busy schedule and heavy workload can leave people feeling more tired than they really are. A packed day can seem overwhelming when you get to your desk in the morning, already draining away your energy. To break through this fatigue, spend a few minutes at the start of your workday writing a to-do list and ordering tasks by importance and length of time they take to complete.
Writing down everything you have to do can make it less intimidating and help you to think about how you will achieve your objectives for the day.
Having a stretch or a short walk around the office every so often can help stimulate concentration and heighten energy levels. Even small bursts of movement increase blood flow, leading to hyperoxygenation in the brain, breaking through sluggish feelings which are often the result of remaining in one place for too long.
Rest your eyes
If you work at a screen, make sure you take regular breaks from typing and reading to allow your eyes a rest. Screen fatigue can leave you feeling sluggish and heavy-lidded. Opticians recommend that you take a 20-second micro-break every 20 minutes. Use this short burst of time to close your eyes, look away from the glare of your computer and give your eyes a chance to recover. Doing so will not only help with energy levels, but help prevent headaches, eye irritation and neck pain.
Whenever the sun is out, take advantage! If you’re allowed, take a short break for a few minutes. Step outside and wander round your office building, enjoying the sunshine.
Being out in the sun can reap a range of benefits for you and your energy levels. Sunlight boosts natural serotonin production, leaving you feeling happier. A short jaunt in the sun will also reduce your levels of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. Lower melatonin levels make you feel more alert.
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