5 Healthy Ways to Boost Your Energy at Work
Feeling tired at work? Boost your energy and your mood with these healthy tips.
Angela Watson Robertson, MBA, is a former financial services sales
executive turned health coach and wellness entrepreneur who teaches
people from around the world how to live an authentic and balanced life.
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If you find yourself in an afternoon slump each day and
generally tired, you’re not alone. Chances are most of
your colleagues are chugging energy drinks and coffee
throughout the day to keep themselves going. Our work
often demands so much of us that we forget some of the
simple and natural ways to take care of ourselves throughout the day. Kick the unhealthy habits and try these
START EACH DAY WITH A WORKOUT
Get your metabolism moving each morning with some
movement or stretching. Take a walk around your neighborhood, lift weights at the gym, do some deep stretching at home, or take an early morning yoga class. If you
can’t fit this in during the morning, do so over your lunch
break or during the evening.
STOP WEARING YOUR EXHAUSTION AS A
BADGE OF HONOR
You may have heard that “rest is the new hustle,” and it’s
true. Being exhausted, depleted, and hustling your bum
off is no longer cool (and wasn’t really in the first place).
You may hear colleagues say “I only got five hours of
sleep last night” or “I worked 14 hours yesterday” with
pride. The truth is nobody is impressed by how much you
work or how little you take care of yourself. Declare rest
as a high priority in your life.
GET SOME LAUGHTER IN DURING YOUR
It’s true - laughter is the best medicine. Smiling and
laughing boost your mood and your energy. I’m sure
you’ve experienced having a hard morning at work and
after a lunch break with friends laughing together you feel
better and more energized. Make it a daily practice. Go
to lunch with friends (the positive vibe kind of people) and
keep the topics light and fun. Watch funny You Tube vid-
eos on your phone (Hello, cat videos!), listen to a funny
podcast, or read something that makes you laugh. Your
smile will be contagious when you return to your desk.
KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR BALANCED
As a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I have
to bring up diet. Nutrition is key when it comes to keeping
your energy high, especially at work. Our work demands
us to be on our A-game, and you can’t do that if you
aren’t feeding your brain - literally. Avoid blood sugar
spikes by eating small amounts of food every few hours
throughout the day.
I recommend starting your day off with lemon water followed by a green juice (try my celery juice ritual) an hour
later. For breakfast or an early lunch, make a smoothie to
balance your blood sugar. Make your smoothie the night
before and take it with you to the office. This smoothie
should hold you for several hours. For a mid morning and
afternoon snack, try celery sticks with avocado, a handful
of blueberries and raw, whole almonds, or carrot sticks
and raw almond butter. For lunch, avoid heavy foods like
curries or animal protein and carbs. Instead have a spinach salad with chopped, fresh veggies, avocado, olive
oil, and lemon juice. In the late afternoon, have a second
smoothie or sliced apple with a date.
DO SOMETHING NICE FOR A COLLEAGUE.
The fastest way to make yourself happy is to make someone else happy. We all know it to be true, but we forget in
the hustle and bustle of the day. Ask yourself each day,
“what can I do today to make someone’s day?” Put this
message on a sticky note by your computer. Maybe it’s
surprising someone with a hot herbal tea you picked up
at the cafe nearby on your way in from lunch or writing a
personal thank you note to someone about what a great
job they are doing with a recent project. Whatever it is,
you’ll improve your relationships and your mood by helping someone else have a good day and letting them know
that you care.