9 Ways to Fight Fatigue and Boost Productivity at Work
We’ve all had them: those days when you need to prop your eyelids open with toothpicks because you’re so tired. Days when you simply can’t concentrate, and it takes you twice as long to get anything accomplished. Afternoons when you’ve been staring at the same paragraph of writing or attempting to have the same conversation with someone for more than five minutes without taking in (or putting out) much of anything. Mornings when you check the clock every 10 minutes feeling as though an hour has passed. These days are difficult to say the least…but how do you get your mojo back?
When your energy lags, and your eyelids start to droop, it can be difficult to get back on track. Just making it to the end of the day can often feel like an obstacle, even when you absolutely adore your job! This type of fatigue can even happen when you’re not at work, when you just want to enjoy a little time off—which might be even worse! And we don’t want you to feel this way anymore.
That’s why we’ve partnered up with our natural and healthy friends at Adrien Gagnon to share some simple tips to help you boost your energy.
#1 Take a walk
It might feel a little backwards but when you start to feel tired, find a reason to get up and walk around. Go to the water cooler or kitchen and refill your water bottle, walk across the room to talk to a co-worker, or even go to the washroom. The simple act of getting up and stretching your legs will combat those drooping lids.
#2 Get some sun
It’s not surprising you feel tired when you’re stuck inside a cold office with fluorescent lighting. Sneak outside to soak up some sunshine for 15 to 20 minutes.
#3 Listen to music
When the end of the day is nowhere in sight and you can’t go out or get up because you’re honestly just too busy, try throwing on a pair of headphones and cranking an upbeat tune. Depending on who you are and where you work, this can give you the opportunity to indulge in some chair dancing, tap your foot, hum or maybe even whistle along. Any of these things paired with the music will easily change your mindset from tired to tireless. It doesn’t have to be complicated…head to YouTube and search for your fave tune right now.
#4 Do simple exercises
When your mind can’t keep up with the pace of the day and your body is starting to slow down, get up and do some quick exercises. Even as little as five or ten squats or lunges or some low-key in-chair exercises will do you good by getting the blood circulating oxygen in your body at a faster pace for a few minutes.
Inhaling and exhaling is a fantastic energy boost. Sit with your spine straight, eyes closed. Focus your attention on your breath, and slowly inhale to a count of 6. Hold your breath to a count of 3 and exhale for a count of 6, completely releasing all of the breath, relaxing the muscles as you do so. Hold the breath out to a count of 3. Repeat this slow rhythmic count a few times and you’ll feel as good as new!
#6 Sit Up
Miraculously, simply shifting your posture can immediately give you more energy. Typically, we sit or stand with our shoulders, neck, and head shifted forward, which can affect the arteries that bring blood to our brain. Sitting up straight will help immensely and give you the energy you need to power through the day.
#7 Eat fruits or veggies
It’s tempting to turn to chocolate when your energy dips but eating high-sugar foods will make fatigue worse in the long run. Make a habit of keeping apples, oranges, carrots, cucumber, celery or berries on hand—at home and at work.
#8 Drink water
The most common cause of everyday fatigue is dehydration. If there isn’t enough fluid in your body, blood volume decreases, resulting in your body (and heart) having to work harder in order to supply your cells with oxygen and nutrients. Obviously, this will directly result in fatigue. A few sips of water every 10 minutes will hydrate you all day long and keep fatigue at bay (and forces you to get up to go to the bathroom more often, and the walk there also fights fatigue!).
#9 Try a natural energy supplement
You may have seen a new addition to Adrien Gagnon’s energy product line recently: a fizzy new formula designed to quickly boost energy, keep your mind sharp, and boost stamina. Shake up a tube of Energex Effervescent powder with water, and there you have it. One tube contains 100mg of caffeine, a little less than what a regular percolated coffee has, and 1000 mcg of Vitamin B12, which helps the formation of red blood cells (which are the oxygen transport system in throughout your body). Choose from 4 great flavours: lemon-lime, mixed berry, orange or even pink grapefruit.
Adrien Gagnon’s mission is to prevent disease by offering quality products, as well as actively contribute to health education through several consulting services to consumers. Over the past 60+ years, Adrien Gagnon has earned a reputation as a leader in science-based natural health products, offering over 150 natural health products including vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements.