If you’re the type of person who starts their day off by hitting the Snooze button ten times, then you’re liable to be the person nodding off before lunchtime. It’s difficult to stay awake at work in the first place – sitting in the same spot for hours on end, staring at a computer screen, and perhaps engaging in mundane work all day. But at the end of the day (at all times of the day, really) it’s important to stay alert and on top of things, if only to appease the man (or woman) in charge. If you can stay awake long enough, read on for a list of tips on remaining lively at work:
Eat a Good Breakfast
You probably know this one, but it bears repeating: start your day off right by eating a good, hearty breakfast full of carbohydrates and protein for energy and endurance. You may have sacrificed your Wheaties for a couple of added Snooze buttons or some extra time in the shower, but it’s really worth it to make the effort here, especially as it will get your metabolism going early on and give you the jumpstart you need. No need to spend superfluous amounts of time cooking up a meal worthy of Mom – go for something quick and simple; a bagel or fruit with peanut butter or a breakfast shake you can grab and go.
Get Some Sunshine
Exposing yourself to bright light is a great way to jolt yourself into consciousness, especially if this light is natural. So take ten or fifteen minutes to wander outside and take a quick walk. An added benefit to the sunshine is the opportunity to get your muscles moving and blood pumping as you take a spin around the block. This will also give you a much needed respite from all of the stuff tiring you out back at your desk.
Take a Power Nap
Just twenty minutes of sleep during the day can do wonders for your energy level if you’re feeling exhausted. So if you have a place you can go during the day – a break room or even your car – use your break time as an opportunity to get some shut eye before you return refreshed to the daily grind.
Don’t Sit Still
Going against everything that your grandmother told you when in the presence of polite company, remember this: do not sit still. The more you can get up from your desk throughout the day, the more alert you’ll remain. This does not mean that you should give yourself free reign to wander around the office and slack off. But if you need to talk to a coworker, get up and walk to their desk instead of sending an email. Or walk to get a glass of water, which is especially helpful, as staying hydrated will keep you more awake. In addition to giving small boosts to your energy level, these short trips will also provide the small breaks from your work that may prove vital to your sanity throughout the day.
Maybe in Fairytale-land we could all get twelve hours of sleep, spend a full day at work, and still have room for lives at the end of it all, but unfortunately that’s just not the case. In the midst of our ever-busier schedules, sleep is often the first thing to go. But follow these words of advice, and you can thwart your Circadian rhythms yet again!
Good morning and have a pleasant day,
The Doostang Team