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5 Ways To Power Through Work

Do you ever feel like there’s fog with a chance of rain going on in your brain and throughout your body?

A lack of steady energy throughout the day can be caused by just about anything – from low blood sugar, depression, anemia, poor diet – and the list goes on. It’s always a good rule of thumb to make sure you’re staying hydrated, exercising, eating a balanced diet and keeping your stress levels low.

Sometimes it’s hard to fit all those parts of the equation into your day. Add the time you spend at work into the mix and things can get a little hay-wired. How can you stay focused and energized when you have so much to do and so little time?

Stay one step ahead of a burn out with the following tips:

Sleep More

1. Get more ZZZ’s – There has been much debate on what is the recommended amount of sleep required for adults. Is it 8 or 9 hours of sleep? Or can we function just fine off of 6 or 7? Thanks to the National Sleep Foundation, you no longer have to wonder. If you’re in the middle of a zombie episode it might not help, but if you start making your sleep a priority your body should begin to adjust. 

Eat The Right Foods

2Fuel Up – You don’t expect your car to run on empty, do you? Of course not. You need to fill up your tank in order to get going and moving throughout the day. Everybody is different and what some people eat on a daily basis might be perfect for their body but not for another. So let’s just agree to steer clear of fast food menus and opt for healthier meals. Need some help? Check out these 50 Healthy Lunches from Pop Sugar.

Be Productive

3. Set reminders – Set reminders in your calendar to keep you on task and moving throughout the day. It takes some time at first but once they’re set you don’t have to worry about them again. Plus, if you’re away from your phone and working on your computer – you can still get your updates. You can also check out wearable devices (like Fitbit and AppleWatch) and set reminders that don’t require you to be by your phone or computer. Here’s what today’s reminders look like on my icalendar:

icalendar on iphone

Play Some Music

4. Pump Up The Jams – You know that fuzzy and warm nostalgic feeling you get every time you hear your favorite song? Well, there’s a scientific reason for that. Every time we hear our favorite song or music, the part of our brains that controls internally focused thoughts, known as default mode network, is activated.  In that sense, listening to music you like at work can keep you focused.

Exercise Throughout The Day

5. Get Moving– In the famous words of Bob Marley, “Get Up, Stand Up…” for your health. You’ve heard it over and over again but its’ validity isn’t going away anytime soon. Doing too much of one thing is never good for you. If you’re sitting all day behind a desk, you’re not moving your body enough. And in retrospect if you’re on your feet all day – you need to have a seat and give your back and feet a break. If you have limited mobility you might be interested in these wonderful chair exercises by LiveExercise.

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