Whether a post-lunch slump or screen fatigue, we have all experienced an energy drop during our working day. For a quick recharge, try some of these tips to increase your energy levels without that caffeine fix!
Tip 1 – Keep Hydrated
Dehydration is the most common cause of fatigue and when working on an all-engrossing piece of work, we can often forget to keep our fluid levels topped up. When experiencing fatigue, drink a small glass of water and take a glass (or refillable bottle) back to your work area to keep you topped up for the rest of the day.
Tip 2 – Make a playlist
Whilst many have a playlist to help them with exercise, we don’t do the same for working. Create a playlist that you find energising for those times you need a boast and consider a playlist as background to help maintain energy levels whilst you work.
Tip 3 – A breath of fresh air
Whether a short walk or more rigorous exercise, even 10 minutes outside and away from your desk will help restore energy levels. If possible, being outside in a green space is even more beneficial.
Tip 4 – Change your focus
If you are finding a task draining then temporarily swap to a task that gives you energy. Alternatively, rethink how you are tackling the task, is there another way that you would find less draining?
Tip 5 – Try a brainteaser
Sudoku, brainteasers, quick quizzes, crosswords, dingbats; the options are endless. If you are someone who enjoys a puzzle then taking a short break to indulge in this hobby is likely to recharge your batteries and enable you to return to that task with renewed vigour.
Tip 6 – Talk to someone
Having a call or video call with someone who has a positive outlook can help boost your own energy levels as well as ensuring you keep in touch with those that matter.
Tip 7 – Give yourself a reward
If you have a task that does not allow you to try any of the above techniques (due to tight timelines) then give yourself a reward for completing it. From taking the rest of the day to do a task you enjoy or even taking some time for yourself to that cupboard treat you have been resisting all week, a reward can renew energy through the added motivation it gives.
Additional Tip – Being mindful of your energy levels and the energy needed for particular tasks
Understanding your own body clock and those times of the day where your energy is at its highest and when it drops and tackling tasks that suit those energy levels will help reduce mild fatigue that is often experienced.