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Monday, April 29, 2013

12 Ways to Boost Your Energy at Work (Without Caffeine)

At work, we often turn to the coffee maker to help us when sluggishness strikes. Here are some non-caffeinated suggestions from medical experts to give you a boost when you need to boost your energy during the day.
 
1.      Get up from your desk. Too many hours of sitting at your desk can sap your energy ... step away from your desk to grab for a quick walk around the office.
  1. Talk to somebody. Social interaction can help wake you up while  boosting your mood and your energy ... connect with your coworkers.
  2. Stop slouching. Sitting up at your desk, in an ergonomically friendly way, can make you feel more ready to work ... slumping can dull your alertness.
  3. Crank up some tunes. Put on some tunes that will get your heart pumping ... dancing might be taking it too far, but you can at least tap your feet and maybe do a little figure tip drumming..
  4. Have a laugh. Laughter will make you feel better mentally and physically ... the Internet is just one of the great sources of humor available to you at the office.
  5. Do yoga. There are many yoga positions that are designed to do at your desk ... improving the energy flow in your body can help you feel more alert.
  6. Volunteer to help. Helping a co-worker can be good for the business, while, at the same time giving  you an energy boost ... studies show that helping others gives the helper a sense of elation and excitement.
  7. Grab a high energy snack. Stock your desk with nuts, dried fruits and other healthy snacks ... they can help restore energy and help you avoid the  sugary or fatty snacks typically found in office vending machines.
  8. Get some sun. Take a quick break  outside ... sunlight and fresh air can help make you feel more awake (and even put you in a better mood).
  9. Avoid co-workers who are energy suckers. Every office as at least one  coworker who is so negative or boring that they just suck the energy right out of you ... avoid these people and save your energy (and maybe your sanity too).
  10. Have a mint. The smell and taste of mint is energizing to many people ... if it doesn’t work for you, at least you'll have pleasant breath.
  11. Look at your accomplishments. When your in-basket is overflowing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and start feeling down on yourself (and that’s exhausting) ...  elevate your mood and your energy by thinking about all the things you have gotten done (as opposed to focusing on the daunting task ahead).  This will improve your mood and give you the energy to go on.

 

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