5 Ways to Stay Energized at Work
We’ve all had one of those days. The clock hits 2:47 and with tired eyes we wonder if Starbucks can legally serve us espresso through an I.V…. and then we realize its actually only 12:47… and then we cry.
And while many may reach for a cup of joe for that ‘pick-me-up’, we suggest trying some of these alternatives to ensure that you stay energized throughout the day.
1. Walk it out!
We all know that getting up from your seat will wake you up in the short-term, but instead of waiting until your face is resting on your keyboard to stand up, try walking throughout the day.
Studies show that walking for 5 minutes every hour will significantly decrease fatigue and improve your overall mood.
2. Get Hydrated
Sure, compared to literally every other drink, water is just plain boring. And while drinking something mundane to stay awake may seem counter-intuitive, it will actually benefit you in the long-run.
Studies show that staying hydrated will improve performance on tasks such as “short-term memory, perceptual discrimination, arithmetic ability, visuomotor tracking, and psychomotor skills.”
3. Have a chuckle
Chances are, you’ve never fallen asleep while you’re laughing and it turns out there is a very good reason for that.
Laugh therapist, Steve Wilson, says “the effects of laughter and exercise are very similar. Combining laughter and movement, like waving your arms, is a great way to boost your heart rate.”
So have a laugh to burn some calories and your fatigue!
4. Catch some z’s
For far too long, napping has been firmly linked together with laziness, but science suggests that may not be the case.
Studies show that a quick 20 minute nap can improve your alertness and boost your memory. So be a go-getter and have yourself a quick power nap to get you back on track for a productive day!
5. Crank some tunes
It turns out groovy music makes you feel…groovy! Studies reveal that mild degrees of syncopation in music elicit compulsory desires to get your body moving!
Slap on those headphones and get funky!