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We have all been there.  It is 2:00PM, and you would give anything for a nap.  Those break room snacks are looking really tempting right about now (although they did not a few hours ago).  This is also about the time where you start to convince yourself that a sugary coffee drink will get you through.  So, what can you do to power through that does not involve sleeping on the job or mindless snacking, eating, or drinking that will derail your effective weight-loss plans?  Plenty!  Consider trying a healthier technique (or two) the next time you are low on energy and need a boost to make it through the day.

Fresh Air and Sunlight: Getting fresh air not only gives you a break from the office scenery but also helps boost energy.  This is connected to the fresh source of oxygenated blood and increased circulation that occurs when you are in nature.  The vitamin D that you get from sunlight supports greater energy and productivity, too.

Music: Listening to music for just 15 minutes causes your brain to release dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter.  Music has also been proven to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which counteracts chronic stress.  Increases in verbal intelligence, memory skills, and academic performance have also been linked to listening, playing, and singing music.

Hydrate: Tiredness or sleepiness can be a result of dehydration.  We cannot stress enough that drinking water throughout the day is not only key for effective weight-loss but will also keep your energy levels up.  If you are feeling slumped and have not been sipping on water all day long, then the next trip from your desk should be to the nearest water dispenser.  To avoid the dehydration-induced energy slump, keep a water bottle at your desk and sip throughout the day.

Switch Tasks: Doing the same thing for a long period of time may cause a drop in energy and focus.  Consider moving to another task.  If possible, start a task that you are extremely excited about.  The excitement itself will help boost energy and focus.

Take a Break: Some of us have careers that involve us doing the same thing for long periods of time, so switching tasks is not always an option.  When this is the case, taking a break is the next best thing.  Take a break by going for a walk or to have a brief discussion with a co-worker about something not work related.  Try a quick mindful meditation session.

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