Five energy boosters to get you through the day

Our top tips to make you work better
By Salma Awwad
Thu 29 May 2014 09:17 AM

Work days can be long and tedious, but yet, some pass by briskly, leaving you wondering where the day went and others seem to be never ending. Ever wonder what the difference is? Or how you can stay engaged and maintain that morning rush throughout the entire day? Here are five simple tips to boosting your energy levels and leading your most effective executive life:

1- Get an energy boost by breaking the routine:

Work day routine can be draining to both your energy and motivation level. Break the monotonous tone of your week days by rebelling against the routine. Getting out of your comfort zone, holding meetings in outdoor venues, pumping up your music on your way to work, taking on a project that is close to your heart, or switching up your daily schedule are all examples of breaking a routine.

All you have to do is put a conscious effort into doing it once a week and you’ll feel the difference in your energy level. Breaking your daily routine will keep your mind stimulated as you encounter a new realm rather than just going along with the day-in and day out programmed manouvers. Simple activities, like listening to music, will liven up your day, get your mind off of stress, and release your endorphin levels - the same chemicals that are released when you exercise.

2- Take the extra five minutes to organise your desk/ office at the end of the day:

Your home environment reflects on your personality and mind frame. What about your work environment? Most of us spend a good chunk of our lives working, if not the majority of it. And if you have an office based job, this point is even more pivotal for your performance and clarity.

Take the extra five minutes to tidy up the wreckage caused by a day’s worth of work and you’ll feel instantaneously refreshed and ready for a new day. You can even go the extra mile and jot down the next day’s to do list, highlighting the priorities, before you head out that door.

The impact of these five minutes will prove powerful the next work morning, especially over a long weekend. This tool will not only help clear your mind but also help you avoid procrastination, not to mention put you on the best path right from the get-go.

3- Make a week’s worth of snacks in 15 minutes:

After lunch, you’re exhausted, can’t focus on work and need a pick-me-up. It’s easy to go for a sugar packed snack or energy drink. But the problem is that these sugary “goodies” make your insulin levels spike and your energy levels to eventually crash, not to mention hasten your aging process.  Easy-to-make at home bars are a power combo of protein, fiber and antioxidants. This particular mix was recommended by Dr. Oz and it’s been tried tested and approved.

Just mix these ingredients in a bowl. Spread them in a pan. Refrigerate for two hours. And Voilà: 1 cup quick-cook oats, uncooked,1/3 cup dried tart cherries,1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter,3 tbsp honey,1 tsp vanilla.

4- Enough with the obsessing:

Easier said than done. But this is a key element to maintaining your energy levels. Obsess less, achieve more. Draining yourself with thoughts and getting fixated on tasks or problems will certainly not fix them.

When your mind is in overdrive, your body secretes stress hormones, such as cortisol, which over time can wreak havoc on the body. It can also make falling asleep difficult by suppressing the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for lowering body temperature so that you can shift into sleep mode.

A quick 15 minute exercise in the morning or during your break will get you out of the worry spiral. Download one of the countless apps available on your smartphone, such as Nike Training Club or 15 Minute Workout, for an on-the-go session.

5- Step outside and enjoy the open-air:

Granted, this is not applicable all twelve months of the year in Dubai. But when the weather is beautiful, it is definitely worth whole. Our bodies were not programmed to sit on a desk, from 9 -6, five days a week, focusing on a glaring screen. So let’s defy that sedentary lifestyle and go back to our roots.

At least once during the workday, get out of the office. Studies show that spending time outdoors provides a boost by reducing stress hormones and lowering blood pressure.

According to the Harvard Health Letter, light tends to elevate people’s mood, and there’s usually more light available outside than in. Physical activity has been shown to help people relax and cheer up, so if being outside replaces inactive pursuits with active ones, it might also mean more smiles.

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Last Updated: Thu 26 Jan 2017 01:27 PM GST

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