It can be hard to stay awake and refreshed throughout the workday, especially during these long, hot summer days when all you want to do is relax by the pool instead of running boardroom meetings and catching up on emails. If you find yourself feeling like a toddler who missed naptime by the time noon comes around, look into trying some of our favourite ways to stay energized throughout the day.
1) Eat small, healthy snacks
Feeling sluggish? Have a quick snack of either fruit, a handful of nuts, or hummus with whole grain crackers. According to Health.com, these are some of the best snacks to have mid-day because of the sustained energy they provide. Fruits are packed with natural sugars that take longer to metabolize than the sugar in candy and other processed products. Nuts have a mix of good fats and protein, which are also slow-burning and will provide lots of energy so long as you don’t eat too much. The combination of hummus and crackers is a great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber, which will keep you both full and awake.
2) Get out of the office as much as you can
If you’re the type of person who gets tired of being in the same place all day, try taking as many field trips out of the office as you can. Eat your lunch on an outdoor picnic table, schedule client meetings in public places, or do a couple hours of work from a coffee shop. A new piece of scenery can do a lot for your productivity, as well as your creativity. Getting out of the office could also lead to networking opportunities depending on who you meet while out.
3) Don’t rely on coffee
Many of us think an extra dose of caffeine will help us push through a particularly drowsy day. While doctors say four average-sized cups of coffee is a healthy amount for one day, anything over that can potentially trigger a long list of side effects. According to Authority Nutrition, some of those side effects include restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, upset stomach, and irritability, all of which could factor in to the energy levels you feel at work.
4)Try a standing desk or take a seat on a stability ball
According to Doctor James A. Levine from Mayo Clinic, sitting for long periods of time can lead to multiple health concerns including obesity and metabolic syndrome. Dr. Levine also states that any kind of activity, even leisurely, can promote weight loss and increased energy. Try a standing desk that is height-adjustable so that you can stand or walk in place while you work, or alternate between chair and stability ball – a trend that is becoming increasingly popular in offices.
5) Take a gym break
If standing at your desk or bouncing on a stability ball just doesn’t cut it for you, make your lunch break a workout break instead and hit the gym. Exercise is known to release endorphins in your body, making you feel happier and more energized. Taking a break to work out half-way through your day can give you that endorphin boost you need to come back to work with a positive and productive attitude. Plus, who doesn’t love a good regular workout?
These tips have the ability to not only give you the personal boost you need to get through the day, but they promote health and productivity at the same time, which can do nothing but lead to more success at work and beyond.