Feeling that mid-afternoon slowdown where you just need a bit of a pick-me-up? Here are a few of my favorite things to do around the office to get my energy up and make it through the remainder of the day.
Move a Little
Even a ten minute stretch break or walk around the office can get the blood moving and produce a lasting pick-me-up. In fact, in a review published in Psychology of Sports and Exercise, researchers found that activities as brief as ten minutes keep you energized for up to four hours. Even that walk around the office will get your blood moving so more oxygen reaches the brain.
Breathe Through Your Belly
Your boy’s number one fuel? Oxygen. If you’re feeling tired at your desk, try taking some deep belly breaths, expanding your ribcage and stomach with every inhale, and pushing your belly button in your spine with every exhale. This great yogic breathing technique will get more oxygen to your brain and throughout the body, to give you an instant wave of energy.
Crank the Tunes!
I’m definitely one of those people that can’t work out without my favorite tunes, because the upbeat tempo of the music keeps the pace of my workout just as fast. Research also shows that people instinctually synchronize movements and expressions to music through a phenomenon called entrainment. So, play some upbeat music and you’re feel that way yourself. Hey, why not dance a little in your chair? No one’s looking!
One of the biggest indicators of lethargy or low energy in dehydration. Because water aids in both body regulation and brain function, it is helpful in regulating our moods. If you aren’t feeling very sharp, boost your alertness with some water!
Dream about your Significant Other
Still sleepy? Try a daydream! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada observed that when 183 working men and women thought about their current partners, they suddenly increased their blood-sugar levels and, thus, their energy levels.