Whether you are just experiencing a mid-morning or mid-afternoon slump or whether you feel chronically tired, there are some different ways to combat a lack of energy. Sometimes the means we employ to boost our energy backfire and leave us more drained and tired than before.
Here are four tried-and-true hacks to boost your energy that work.
Take a Walk
It’s natural to reach for caffeine or sugar when you feel tired, especially since both of these things will give you a temporary boost.
It’s what happens after that temporary boost that is a problem. This boost will generally be followed by an even bigger slump, rendering your previous work ineffective. Instead, try taking a quick, brisk walk, even just around the office.
Getting up and getting active for even a few minutes will both boost your endorphins and oxygenate your brain, providing a better and healthier boost than a caffeinated one.
It can also break the monotony of your workday, allowing your brain to reset and approach your tasks with more energy.
Get Adequate Sleep
Getting proper rest is the first line of defense against a loss of energy any time of day.
According to Purple Mattress, 23% of Americans suffer from sleep problems, which leads to a lack of energy throughout the day.
Getting proper rest, however, is about more than just how many hours you set aside for sleep each night.
It’s also important to ensure that the room you sleep in is cool and comfortable, the bed you sleep in provides adequate support and even that you are sleeping in the proper position to actually rest. All of these are factors that can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Dehydration can cause some different problems ranging from fatigue to a decrease in alertness and concentration.
This is again where reaching for caffeine is counterproductive since your body requires additional water to process the caffeine.
This is another reason to avoid the coffee pot and head straight for the water cooler if you are feeling tired.
Remember that both air conditioning and heating can also dry you out, so it’s especially important to stay adequately hydrated in the overly dry climates of most offices.
Take a Nap
While not everyone can squeeze in a quick nap every day, as little as 15-20 minutes of shut-eye in the afternoon can have some pretty powerful effects on the rest of your day.
Longer naps have been shown to help boost memory and increase creativity, but even just a short 20-minute power nap can give you a big energy boost and reinvigorate your brain in the afternoon when you may need it most.
Be sure to set an alarm, because napping for too long can leave you groggy and slow when you wake up.
Trying to work through exhaustion can be difficult, but these tips can help you make it through even the worst of days. If you find yourself continually exhausted and unable to sleep at night, consider talking to your doctor about other options to help you.