We all want to feel like we are beaming with energy. If you’ve signed up for my free training, (if you haven’t yet, you can do so HERE!) you know that starting your morning off right is a key component in having a great rest of the day. But keeping your energy at its highest levels throughout the day isn’t always easy, especially if your job involves sitting at a desk for 8+ hours staring at a screen.
By the afternoon, your focus starts wavering, you become less productive and you might even find yourself getting lost in junk email or scrolling through Facebook, aka junk food for your brain. Or worse, you reach for real junk food, a piece of candy from the office stash, or a soda from the vending machine, anything to give you a little extra energy boost to make it through those last few hours of work.
We all know that this is not the best solution. But what should we be doing instead to feel more energized at work?
1. Take frequent breaks: Every 50 minutes or so, take a screen break. Look off to the side of the computer, or close your eyes. Give yourself a few minutes to stop thinking and just be. Take a few deep breaths and reset. Think of it as a mini meditation every hour to reboot your mind. Just stop and pay attention to your breath. It sounds simple, so simple that you might just brush it off, especially if you’re a type A person like myself who needs to keep pushing through. But as odd as it might seem to stop working to get more done, those few minute breaks add up to a huge cumulative benefit of more energy and better focus throughout the day. Set a timer on your phone to remind you so you have one less thing to think about!
2. Go for a walk: If you can, get up and go for a walk. Something as simple as a 20 minute walk has been shown to boost energy levels and decrease fatigue. Bonus points if you can get outside and get some vitamin-D while you’re at it!
3. Stay hydrated: Dehydration is a huge reason many people feel fatigued. Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day and keeping your body nourished. Remember, drinks like coffee and soda will actually dehydrate you more. While the caffeine or sugar might give you a little pep, the effects are short lived and you’ll feel even more tired when you’re coming down off of the high. Stick with water and let your body naturally energize itself by working at its highest potential. Keeping hydrated will also keep you feeling fuller throughout the day, so you’ll be less likely to indulge in that energy draining candy bar or bag of chips.