No matter how jam-packed your schedule is and how motivated and organised you are, if your body is feeling sluggish and tired, it’s impossible to power through all the tasks you have lined up for the day. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you’re staring at a long list of things to do and all you can think about is how to get away with taking a nap at work.
If this is happening to you all too often, here are four things you should try to help you stay switched on throughout the day.
Walk at lunchtime
Not only will walking at lunch get you out of the office, but exercise also relieves stress, gives your brain some downtime, and will help you stay focused and motivated when you get back to your desk.
Plus, if you have long or irregular work hours and find it hard to schedule a daily gym session, making time to walk in your lunch break is a great way to ensure you get your muscles moving every day.
Take regular breaks when you’re busy
This may sound counterintuitive, but taking lots of small breaks when you’re swamped at work will give your mind a rest and help keep you on top of your game until 5 o’clock rolls around.
Your ability to concentrate, remember things, and come up with new ideas are all negatively impacted when your brain is tired and lethargic, so taking regular steps back from work will rejuvenate your mind and keep your productivity and performance levels high.
Substitute your coffee with lemon water
Coffee is the best kind of loyal companion. It knows how to perk us up when we need it most, can be our helping hand during our busiest days, and is always there for us. Coffee is great, but too much of it can be bad of our hearts, increase our stress levels, and make it harder for our bodies to function on the natural energy we have stored away.
Switching over your daily coffee with lemon water will still give you the energy boost you need whilst also boosting your immune system and flushing out the toxins in your body. Lemons are also high in potassium and antioxidants, so drinking lemon infused water will keep you more alert, decrease your stress levels, and improve your skin health.
Maintain a consistent sleeping pattern
Going to bed at the same time every night and getting in enough hours of sleep can seem impossible, but pushing yourself to maintain a consistent sleeping pattern is the best way to recharge and keep your energy levels up each day.
If you find mastering a sleep routine about as easy as climbing Mount Everest, try staying off technology for an hour before bed. Being away from screens will increase your melatonin levels and give your brain a chance to slow down, which will help you fall asleep faster, have a more restful sleep, and will improve your mood and concentration the next day.
What do you do to stay energised during the week? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!
Written by Penny Robinson-Brown