How to stay energised at work while fasting

Office hours don’t have to be a torment during Ramadan
How to stay energised at work while fasting
By Lubna Hamdan
Thu 25 May 2017 04:51 PM

Daily nuisances, whether traffic jams or hectic
deadlines, can make work days restless. Add in fasting and dehydration during
Ramadan and productivity levels drop to new lows.

But do office hours in the
holy month have to be a torment?  While lack of food and water results in
loss of creativity and focus during working hours in Ramadan, accommodating
particular needs might be all it takes to keep energised.

Deep breathing

Just like breathing is used to calm people down, so it can be used to
energise them. When hunger kicks in and you feel yourself nodding off at work,
taking deep breaths can get your blood pumping and boost your energy. The
deeper we breathe, the more oxygen reaches our body cells, helping them carry
out their functions at an optimal level.

Stretch at or away from your desk

A few stretches can go a long way. According to experts, stretching
activates energy reserves in the body and gets your blood pumping,
instantaneously boosting your energy levels. One stretch that is easy to do is
the seated twist: place your right hand on the edge of your left seat arm and
twist. Do the same with your left hand on the other side and repeat.


Take a power nap

There’s a reason power naps are called what they are. According to
studies, a 10 to 20 minute nap can improve productivity and alertness, and even
help you focus better. Make sure, however, not to nap for more than 30 minutes,
as the body goes into a deep sleep afterwards, making you more tired when you
wake up.

Have a good laugh

Laughter is known to be a stress reliever and mood booster, but it also
elevates energy levels. According to research, laughing raises blood pressure
and heart rate, inevitably making you feel more energetic.


Listen to some upbeat music

This speaks for itself. Listening to feel-good music puts you in a good
mood, but it also increases your energy. How? A. It makes you want to dance. B.
It raises alertness and productivity, according to studies.

Try to be social

Having a chat with a co-worker or friend can boost up your energy levels
if you feel yourself running out of fuel. It has even been proven by some
studies that people who are social are generally more productive at work
than those who are not.


Do something that interest you

Find out what time of the day you get the most tired during and plan to
do something interesting then. It can be as simple as reading an article that
engages you or taking part in a hobby. Staying interested in whatever you are
doing is bound to keep you feeling energized (or at least, take your mind off
of hunger).

Take walks away from your desk

Walks to the water cooler make all the difference when your energy
levels are down. Sitting for long hours undoubtedly makes you sleepy. Stepping
away from your computer for a few minutes wakes you back up.

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