Everyone has days here and there where they just can’t seem to wake up, but if you find yourself tired at work every day, you may be dealing with fatigue. Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can fight fatigue and keep yourself at the top of your game for your work day.
Food can be a good way to jump-start your body when you’re running low on energy, but don’t reach for cookies or greasy potato chips. Fruit, veggies, and cheese are all good options to help give your body a little boost of energy in the afternoon. Pretzels and baked chips can also be good (in moderation).
Magnesium is a mineral that has many functions in the human body, one of which is breaking down glucose and turning it into energy. If your magnesium levels are low, so is your energy. To make sure you’re getting enough, make sure you’re including some magnesium-rich foods in your diet, such as almonds, bran cereal, or fish.
More active movement
If you’re tired, it’s tempting to move as little as possible on your way to work and at work, but the more you move around, the more oxygen flows through your body, and the more energetic you’ll feel. Exercising in the morning is a great way to get some energy for the rest of the day, but if you start feeling fatigued in the middle of the day, try getting up and walking around on a break.
Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
If you’re at a technology-heavy job, this can be difficult, but multitasking with technology means your brain never gets a break from constant electronic interaction. Try to set aside at least an hour a day where you don’t use technology at all. Turn off your cell phone during lunch. Read for an hour in the evenings instead of checking up on emails.
More variety in routine
This helps keep the brain active and keeps you on your toes. Change up your travel route or exercise routine or take an evening class to give you something new to look forward to once or twice a week. Stimulate your brain by presenting it with new challenges, and you’re less likely to feel fatigued at work.
If none of these options work, you may want to get checked for an underlying medical cause to help fight your fatigue, but most people find that changing just a few simple things about their day helps them feel like a whole different person. You’d be surprised at how just a little thing like more movement or better snacks can drastically improve your work productivity!