Sports & Wellness

How to stay awake at work when you’re in an all-time low

by Michelle Ylaya

Tired of working from 8 AM to 5 in the afternoon?

Here are some tips to keep you focused on your job all day long.

 1. Grab a cup of coffee

Really, there are so many benefits of drinking coffee and there’s virtually no reason why you shouldn’t.  Aside from being clinically proven to keep you alert and awake in the office, it can lower your risk of getting type II diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and certain types of cancers. The list goes on! But the most important benefit of coffee is that it keeps you wide, alert and awake –and that’s why it’s the first thing you should grab when you need energy in the office

2. Drink Water

 Being tired may be a sign that you’re dehydrated. The human body needs eight glasses of water to function at the cellular level. That means that your cells need water to continue the processes it undergoes daily. If your cells don’t get enough water, they can’t, for example, store energy and that could be the reason why you’re tired most of the time.  Plus, walking to the water cooler helps you stay awake when you feel low and drowsy.

3. Have a full night’s sleep

 

The amount of sleep a person needs to feel energized the next day varies from person to person.  Some people can get by with only four hours sleep, others, however, need at least eight.  It’s only a matter of scheduling the time you go to bed with the time you need to wake up to insure that you have enough restful sleep at night.  It’s a no brainer! When you’ve got the rest you need, you’ll feel more energized throughout the day.  You’ll even see your moods improving and you’ll be able to think better.

4. Listen to an upbeat playlist

 Your brain controls your moods throughout the day. Listening to upbeat or happy music can stimulate faster brainwaves. However, the opposite is true if you’re listening to relaxing music.  The more active your brain is, the more energized you’ll feel and the better you’ll perform at work!

Note: Be sure that you’re doing your task as you have your earphones plugged in.

5. Keep snacks nearby (for emergencies)

Better yet, have a full lunch.  But snacking is important too!  Sometimes a chocolate bar is what you need to give you the extra boost of energy especially when you’re working on a deadline.  Try not to snack on sugary sweets too much though.  They should be reserved for emergency situations only.  A sugar crash will usually follow and make you feel more tired that before, so be careful.

There are thousands of ways to make your stay in the office a productive one. But make sure that you keep your expenses in check—or you’ll run out of bills for your emergency snacks or coffee.

 

 

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