Tips for Staying Alert at Work

Do you often find yourself feeling exhausted and tempted to doze off as you are staring at your computer screen? Feeling sluggish on the job can make the hours go by slowly and put a huge dent in your ability to be productive. Being your best self at work means coming in and having the energy to complete tasks and check items off your to-do list.

Here are some tips to help keep you bright eyed and bushy tailed during your nine to five:

Get your blood circulating – Start off your day with movement. If you don’t have the time for a full workout of running or laps, a simple walk around your neighborhood can improve your alertness. The effort you put into walking will pay off as oxygen is pumped through your body. Even taking the time to stretch and do your favorite yoga poses will amp up your mood and energy level.

Trade caffeine and sugary food for healthy snacks – Grabbing a low-calorie, high protein snack can give you a boost to make it through your mid-morning or mid-afternoon slump. Consider bringing items like a hardboiled egg, peanut butter on whole wheat crackers, hummus and carrots or a handful of almonds. The extra snack will tide you over until the next meal or the end of the workday.

Take a break from the desk – Sitting at your desk for eight uninterrupted hours can quickly drain you of creativity. You risk depriving yourself of social interactions with your colleagues and are missing out the opportunity to give your brain a chance to focus on other tasks. When you are revived after even 20 minutes away from your desk, you will be better able to concentrate and tackle a problem from a new angle.

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