We all say it. We all feel it.
There are times when I have to drag myself out of bed because I have work to do. Sometimes, no matter how much I sleep, I can’t seem to shrug off that lethargy that sticks to me like moss to a stone. I gulp down a lot of hot beverages just to keep me going through all my work. I’m a chai baby and I’m proud. *grins*
There are lots of ways to beat this awful fatigue that creeps up behind us and prevents us from working. Over the years I’ve discovered a lot of tips that work for me and I’m going to list them down one by one.
1. Babies are so happy because they sleep like well… babies.
This is something a lot of people struggle with and I used to be one of them. I was an insomniac for a long, long time. But of late, I’ve managed to keep a strict sleeping schedule. It is very important to get those 8 hours of sleep in a day, and taking a little nap during the afternoon can help make you feel extremely refreshed.
These 8 hours of sleep will help you stay focused throughout the day. Think of the productivity! Try and not sacrifice those hours no matter what the case. A good night’s rest combats depression and boosts your brain power which is exactly why your moods are elevated every morning.
2. Eat healthy.
Avoid junk food. I battle with this on a daily basis so I keep all junk food out of sight except for a box of Macintosh chocolates which I eat sparingly after a spicy meal.
A well balanced meal with carbohydrates, protein and fat is crucial to keep you going throughout the day. Heavy meals require a lot of energy to digest and this could lead to you feeling more sluggish and sleepy. Eating light meals throughout the day helps keep you alert, focused and (you guessed it!) energized. Reduce the amount of sugar you intake and consume a lot of fruits.
3. Do not become a couch-potato.
Most of us have to work sitting down. Especially if it involves a computer. Sitting for long hours can make you feel a tad bit sleepy due to several reasons. Sitting at your desk for a long time can lead to stiffness around your neck and shoulders as well as less blood flow throughout your body which in fact leads to tiredness and invariably stress.
Take breaks every 30 to 40 minutes. Stretch. Stand. Take a short walk. Touch your toes.
Stretching and taking small breaks increases your blood flow which in turn decreases your tension and stress.
*breaks into song – “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes. Knees and toes…”*
This song is quite catchy, you should definitely give it a try. It really boosts your mood.
4. Take a walk.
Women who work for long hours hardly have time to hit the gym. This is why you should walk. Just take a little breathing space once every hour or so and take a small walk. If you’re lucky enough to step outside, then take a stroll.
The sunlight and fresh air really help. You will feel happy and motivated to get back to work again.
5. Stay hydrated.
Apart from eating a lot of fruits, drink a lot of water. When your body is dehydrated, your attention span dwindles and when your attention span dwindles, you cannot work.
1 +2 = 3.
Although drinking coffee can make you feel energized immediately, it tires you in the long run. You will feel irritated and tired after the caffeine has worn out. Limit the amount of tea and coffee you drink in a day to no more than 2 cups and drink plenty of water. Aim for 8 glasses in a day.
6. Switch between tasks.
If I do something for too long, I become bored. Let’s face it. Human beings were built for diversity. When I’m working too long on a client’s project, I need to switch it up with blogging. When I’m writing an article and can’t get anywhere, I need to switch it up with drawing a comic.
Either way, it’s fun to switch between tasks and chores. You may even be inspired to work around from a different angle once you get back to your original task.
7. A reward system.
For every task you finish, you can have a little treat. Be it checking your email or playing a round of Candy Crush, this will motivate you to work faster. Just the thought of having fun at the end of long task, will leave you feeling energized and happy.
Every time I feel a little too stressed out or my work becomes a little monotonous, I call a friend or play sing to my dog. Talking to people really helps spruce you up. If you work in an office, catch a lunch break and chat with some of your buddies.
Talking will help elevate your mood and leave you inspired and refreshed. Engaging yourself in a fun and light conversation is just what you need to feel energized!
How do you keep energized when you’re working? Leave a message, because I’d love to hear from you!