“Oh, great – it’s another long day at work. Why am I always so tired when I’m at work but filled with energy when I’m ready to go to bed?” . . . Do you ever find yourself wondering these same thoughts? Well if you do, you’re not alone. Many people experience that after-lunch sleepiness or that 3 O’clock can’t-keep-my-eyes-open phase. However, we all know that that kind of lackluster behavior isn’t conductive for production at work. Here are some easy tips that can help you avoid that stage, and maybe even help you enjoy working just a little bit more!
- Take your eyes off the screen! – Believe it or not, extreme focus on a bright computer screen can really put strain on your eyes. This actually worsens your exhaustion level. Try out the 20-20-20 rule! Every 20 minutes, pick an object 20 feet away to stare at for 20 seconds. Even a mere 20 seconds can relax your eyes and give them the break they need to refocus with more attentiveness.
- Drink fluids! – Especially water. To feel more energy, drink some nice, ice-cold water every so often. It is a fact that dehydration is one of the main causes of fatigue. The problem with drinking water regularly at work is the inconvenience. The water fountain is so far away and you really can’t afford to waste any time. That’s fine! Keep a water bottle at your desk and re-fill it at lunch. It’s a rule of thumb that the average person should consume eight glasses of water a day!
- Don’t be afraid to keep the beat! – This one depends on your situation at work. Obviously, if you work in an environment where it is dangerous or against policy to listen to music, this tip is not for you. However, if you can, don’t be afraid to pop in those headphones or pull up Pandora Radio on your computer. If you don’t think you can risk the temptation of bursting out into song, try music that isn’t heavy on lyrics. Listening to tunes can give your mind a break and give your work day the change of pace that you need.
- Move around! – There are studies that have proven that a 20-minute light walk can actually boost energy; especially if you get outside to do it! Don’t have time for a walk? There are other at-work energy boosting workouts such as: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, running up and down a flight of stairs a few times, flexing at your desk, or even just getting up and stretching! Whatever it may be, just keep moving to prevent getting heavy eyes.
- Snack on something healthy! – This one may be the hardest for all of us, but it can really affect the amount of energy you bring to the table. Sure, it may be easy and more convenient to hit up the vending machine in the office; but candy bars and chips will only last so long and oftentimes they will lead to a harder afternoon crash. Instead, cut up some fruit and bring it into work for a midday snack. I promise you will notice a difference in the type of energy that the two types of snacks provide.
Those are some simple tips that you can take advantage of to increase your workplace energy. You’ll be able to feel awake for much longer. Who knows, maybe your boss will notice your revitalized attitude and work ethic and finally give you that promotion you’ve been slaving for!