Energy Boosts at Work
Stay Alert All Day, Every Day
You see the computer screen, but you really don’t. It’s more like a two-foot blur. Your eyes are between open and closed, although you’re not sure where. At the moment, you have no idea what you’re working on. And it’s only 3 p.m. Sound familiar? Is this a typical afternoon or morning? Are you looking for an energy boost at your desk? Office life can suck the life energy right out of you, if you let it. But, there are numerous ways to take advantage of your workspace and stay energetic all day.
Did you realize bad posture alone can give your brain up to 30% less blood and oxygen? Along with good posture, the most effective way to transform energy lulls is with gentle stretching and deep breathing. Try to take a short break ( 5 mins) from the computer every hour – use a timer.
Here are more, different ideas for rejuvenating your mind and body. Each will only take a few minutes.
- Have a big glass of water and a nutrient rich snack (handful of nuts and cube of cheese) instead of pastry and coffee.
- Massage your head and shoulders. Find trigger points of tension in the shoulders and base of the skull. Hold pressure for 6-10 seconds. Don’t forget your face and jaw.
- Put on uplifting piece of music, close your eyes and listen to it intentionally.
- Leave the office for a quick breath of fresh air.
- Every hour turn your view from the computer screen and focus your eyes on a point in the distant something natural like a tree, mountain or the sky.
- Forget the boardroom. Hold walking meetings.
- Hand-deliver mail, memos and faxes.
- Chat face-to-face instead of by e-mail or phone.
- Use a bathroom on the other side of the building or another floor.
- Have a lot of phone time? Buy a cordless and move around while talking.
Another approach, one that adults rarely consider but could greatly benefit from, is a nap.
2001 survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that 63% of Americans don’t get enough sleep. Naps will combat this. They cannot replace a good night’s sleep, but they can help you perform at your peek throughout the day. Plus you can save that daily $4 on Starbucks, because the energy you gain from a nap is better and longer lasting than caffeine. The ideal nap length is 20 minutes, easily squeezable into the workday.
No matter the method, try to find tricks that work for you. Remember, it is a choice to feel drained at the end of the work day.