Improving Your Alertness Levels At Work – A Simple Guide
Most office workers know the struggle with staying awake and active throughout the day. This is especially true after the crash from the first coffee hits, and especially lunchtime, when our body’s natural tendency to slump into fatigue as we digest our meals and pine for that afternoon snooze comes a-knocking.
Yet of course, while feeling drowsy is not necessarily the worst issue in the world, it can affect our work, and might even indicate a nonoptimal means of planning our days and the indulgences we allow ourselves to take.
Of course, there are some simple tidbits of advice we can offer to begin with. Getting enough quality sleep might sound like an obvious suggestion, but you’d be surprised how much this can have an affect. Do the best you can to get those eight hours, and wake up reliably on time after heading to bed at a strict time, too. Wake up, get some fresh air, and have a shower before you eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast. For most people, this will work wonders.
From then on, consider if this advice could help you:
Fix Your Posture
Fixing your posture can make a massive difference in how alert you feel throughout the day. This can often be helped by investing in ergonomic chairs and desks, as well as purchasing a lumbar support cushion if necessary. When you can, keep your chest up and your shoulders back, even when seated.
Holding this position naturally (not in a forced, exaggerated manner) will help strengthen your core, which will allow you to sit up and stand up straight, which does help you feel more and more alert. In some cases, you may need physical issues strengthened and nourished via the use of professional Chiropractors, which can help you resolve the effects of injuries and undo the damage of sitting over time.
It’s very instructive to see that what many people class as lethargy is simple dehydration. You’d be amazed at how drinking enough water throughout the day can help you feel better and more alert, particularly if you tend to rely on sodas, coffees, and other beverages to keep you going. It can be helpful to purchase a flask that keeps your water cool, as well as make sure you measure just how much you intake. 2 to 3 liters a day is recommended for a normal adult, so make sure you’re getting that much.
Take That Break!
Don’t be afraid to take a break if you need it. Too often we can feel chained to our desks, or that there’s value in working throughout our break, particularly if there are people that rely on us. But your health should never come at the expense of your work, and besides, if you give up your right to break, then management and colleagues may even start to expect this of you. A break is essential to feeling together, and refreshed. Stand up, stretch, go for a little walk, eat something light and refreshing, and nourish yourself anew. The work will always be there when you get back.
With this advice, you’re certain to improve your alertness levels at work, especially if you feel overly tired.