7 Ways To Keep Your Brain Ticking At Work
Who does not wish to be at their productive best the entire day? The idea of being a superman or a superwoman is attractive and exciting for any of us. But despite our good intentions to stay alert at work all day, it is next to impossible to stay in the same frame of mind constantly. A cup of coffee may seem like the perfect solution, but downing too many cups of it can lead to an overdose of caffeine, which can create anxiety, restlessness and insomnia. Follow these 7 tips to activate your energy levels all day and surprise yourself by how much you can accomplish in a single day…
Good sleep: Yes, you heard it right. In our busy lives packed with hectic schedules, we forget that our bodies need sufficient rest to help us get through the day smoothly. Around 7-9 hours of sleep is required for our body to feel well rested and alert throughout the day. So don’t compromise on your sleep and ensure that your phone and other devices are kept away from you at night, so as to avoid checking them every now and then.
Healthy breakfast: Many of us skip breakfast either because we are late to work or wish to lose weight. But skipping breakfast is not only terrible for our weight loss plan, but can also hamper our productivity. A good breakfast is necessary for our body to receive the essential nutrients which will help it fight infections and stay active.
Light lunch: Even if you feel energised till lunch time, a heavy lunch can make you feel drowsy and drained out quickly. Since our digestive system is working overtime to break down the calories in our lunch, our body goes into a sort of rest mode which makes us want to hit the bed as soon as possible. Ensure that you have a light lunch rich in nutrients and fibre, which will prevent drowsiness and help you focus better.
Mood foods: The benefits of mood foods cannot be stressed on enough. These foods enliven your mood and keep dullness and sleep at bay. Carry dark chocolate, yoghurt or fruits with you and consume them when you feel a dip in your energy level.
Exercise: 30 minutes of daily exercise helps our body release endorphins, the feel-good chemicals which help us stay cheerful and happy. Not to forget, regular exercise improves our energy level, concentration and alertness.
Drink water: Water is considered to be nature’s best energy drink. Drinking about 2-3 litres daily will help you flush out toxins and hydrate yourself, which is not only good for your skin, but also improves your mood and makes you feel energised and raring to go. So whenever you feel drowsy, chug down a glass of water and find yourself feeling fresh and alert instantly.
Take a stroll: Taking a walk around the block or simply walking around a bit in your office will take your mind off your sleep and release endorphins, which will make you feel cheerful and positive and also shoot up your energy level. A walk post lunch time works best, since it is that time of the day when your body begins to feel most lazy and lethargic.