You are sitting in front of the computer with loads of work to do but all you want to do is put your head down on your desk and fall asleep. Sound familiar?
If so, here is a list of tips to try to ‘wake’ up and feel energetic throughout the day.
- Eat A Good Breakfast with plenty of protein. Eating breakfast gives you sustained energy throughout the morning. My favorite go to breakfast is sautéed vegetables with a fried egg. Or a green smoothie. Other suggestions would be apple with almond butter, or a bowl of oatmeal with cream, butter and fresh fruit. Whatever you do just make sure there is some protein. Carbs in breakfast will digest quickly and leave you feeling low and tired by midmorning.
- Drink Plenty of Water. Dehydration can cause fatigue. When we are chronically dehydrated, our body can’t get rid of the toxins lodged in each cell which leaves us feeling sluggish and tired. A rule of thumb: Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water everyday. If that’s too much to think about, try adding in 4 extra glasses of water daily. Practice drinking 1 full glass of water before you drink any coffee or tea.
- Give Your Eyes Lots of Breaks. Eyes weren’t designed to stare at a computer screen 2 feet away from your face for the entire day. Our eyes are designed to be able to focus up close and then shift to distance as we go about our day. Staring at the slightly shifting images on a computer screen at a constant distance from our eyes is stressful on the eye muscles. Follow the 10-20-10 rule. Every 10 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 10 seconds. Allow your eyes to focus and then de-focus on the object in the distance. That will allow them some relaxation time.
- Bring Extra Energy to your Eyes. Clap/ Rub your hands together for 10 seconds. Then cup one hand over each eye and relax your eyes for 20 seconds. This brings extra energy to your eyes and helps them relax.
- Move. Move. Move. Our bodies weren’t designed to sit still for an entire day. If you have a job that requires sitting in one place all day, develop a habit that forces you to move. Set a timer on your phone to go off every half hour. At that time, MOVE, do anything. Stand up, walk around your desk. Go to the bathroom, anything that gets you to move. In a pinch, swing your arms over your head, march in place and then sit back down.
Change doesn’t happen overnight but consistent commitment to these actions will help you get through each day with more energy and efficiency which leaves you more time to enjoy the other parts of your life. Good luck!