Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Need An Energy Boost? Try These Five Simple Tricks

At one point or another, we’ve all fallen victim to that “2:30 feeling” – it’s the mid-afternoon, you’re sleepy, just had lunch, and the last thing you want to do is start to work on that major project.

While there are plenty of things you can do to keep your energy level high all the time, including exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and eating the correct foods, there are some simple tricks to help quickly boost your energy when you are starting to lag at work.

Try one of the following:

Stretch!
This is especially important if you spend most of your time behind a desk, which you most likely do – in an analysis of job industry trends over the past fifty years, 8 in 10 Americans spend most of their time at a desk. Getting up for a few minutes and stretching your muscles is a great way to get your blood flowing and to help get those kinks out your back in the process. If time allows, consider taking a quick walk to clear your mind and decrease tension.

Clean up.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and having a hard time concentrating, try cleaning up your work surface, which can help restore some sense of control and calm over your environment. Having your desk area neat and tidy will help give you energy and clear your mind to be able to tackle the rest of the day.

Go outside in the sunlight.
One of the main reasons people feel tired is because they spent most of their time inside. When you feel yourself start to fade, take a break and go outside, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. The sunlight will not only help restore your mind but will also improve your mood.

Listen to your favorite upbeat song.
Music that you like and respond to positively will have an instant effect on your mood, giving you that extra surge of energy.

Drink a cup of tea.
When you start to lag, instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, try a cup of tea for that energy boost. Tea will help reduce stress and keep you more hydrated than coffee, keeping your body hydrated and your energy levels up.

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