Work blues got you down? Feeling sluggish at your desk? Getting scolded by your boss for dozing off? Here are a few tips to stay awake at work without your usual coffee shots.
1. Turn The Lights Up!
Maximize your body’s exposure to light. Our bodies are largely regulated by the circadian rhythm, which responds to light – or lack of. The brighter it is at work, the more likely your body will excrete the right hormones for you to stay alert and productive. Open all the windows. Turn on all the neon lights you can. Increase your screen brightness.
Listen to the right kind of beats. Music acts as a stimulant for our brains. If the extra focus is what you need, classic instrumental music works best. If an extra motivational jolt is required, try hip hop, dance, or electro beats. Remember, plug in those earphones so you don’t distract those around you!
3. Snack Right
Go for low Glycemic Index (GI) foods that can sustain energy for a longer period of time. Slow digesting carbs high in protein and fiber are good bets, e.g. nuts, fruits, peanut butter & protein bars. Avoid sugary snacks/drinks that will cause you to crash and burn after an initial rush.
4. Get Moving
When all you do is sit and hunch over your work desk, it is easy to feel sleepy. Do some jumping jacks or air squats. Head to the pantry and get a cup of tea. Stretch. Anything to get some blood flowing and your senses activated again. A little movement goes a long, long way.
5. Drink Up
You can never go wrong with tea. It gives you the right amount of caffeine to keep you sustained throughout an entire workday. Tea gives you all the alertness without any of the crashes that come with coffee. Green tea and black tea are fantastic to sip on throughout the day.
These few hacks are bound to amp up your productivity and alertness at work. Good luck!