Are you feeling drained and tired when you’re at work? Whether it’s the mid-afternoon lull that many employees experience or a general feeling of lethargy, you can feel more energized by taking a few simple steps.
Start the Day the Right Way
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Many people don’t eat breakfast, which is a major omission. It’s often referred to as the most important meal of the day and with valid reason. A nutritious, balanced breakfast contains protein and healthy carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fiber, dairy and fruits.
Low levels of magnesium may contribute to tiredness, as this mineral is needed to break down glucose to create energy. Bran, dried fruit and wholegrain foods can help you to achieve the recommended daily intake of 300mg per day of magnesium. Eat an orange for an instant boost, as the fructose provides long-lasting, natural energy when combined with fiber.
Other balanced breakfasts include:
- Scrambled eggs on toast with low sugar orange juice
- Low sugar granola cereal with sliced apple and yogurt
- Wholegrain pancakes with berries and yogurt
- Low-fat cheese on toast with fruit
- Muffin with peanut butter and banana slices and a glass of milk
- Breakfast-on-the-go: fruit smoothie with protein powder
- Cottage cheese and fruit
If you’re flagging by lunchtime, your midday meal might leave you feeling worse than before you dined – if it’s the wrong type of food.
If your lunch is a sandwich on white bread and a packet of crisps, you could find yourself in the mid-afternoon slump zone; feeling tired, lacklustre and watching the clock due to the types of carbs that may contain or convert to sugar in your body. You may experience sugar cravings that will spur you on to reach for a sweet snack.
Always eat a nutritional lunch; such as a sandwich made with whole-grain or granary bread, with a filling that provides lean protein such as tuna, chicken and salad. For colder days, try tucking into a thick and chunky soup.
Choose a snack that contains carbohydrate and protein to satisfy your hunger – for slow release energy. This avoids highs and lows in your metabolism:
- String cheese and an apple
- Raw almonds and yogurt
- Cottage cheese and berries
- Whole-grain bread with cheese or lean chicken, turkey, beef or ham
- Apple, grapes or banana with yogurt or milk
- Whole-grain crackers or celery sticks with peanut butter or cottage cheese
- Dried fruit and nuts
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Beverages and Supplements
When you start to feel sluggish, a beverage can provide the energy lift you need. ORGANO™ provides a range of premium gourmet beverages – such as coffee made with extract of the red mushroom, Ganoderma Lucidium, which, in many cultures, is considered to have several wellness benefits.
ORGANO™ also offers a range of nutritional capsules that contain organic Ganoderma Lucidum, also known as the “king of herbs”. A natural health product, the capsules are available in three options: Ganoderma Lucidum, Mycelium and Spore Powder.
Health experts advise that you should keep hydrated to stave off that drained and sluggish feeling. Drinking water every hour can also help combat minor dehydration that can make you feel tired at work. The ORGANO™ Red and Chai Latte are non caffeine ways to stay hydrated and enjoy a rich flavour.
Exercising can help boost energy levels if you’ve been working hard all morning, particularly in a desk job: a quick workout at the gym or even a brisk walk can help you to feel re-energized.
Even if you’re busy, you must always find time for a break and a little exercise. Studies have shown that a 10-minute brisk walk can make you feel more energized than eating a chocolate bar while you are sitting at your desk.
Once you’ve taken a little exercise, you can return to work feeling more alert – hence your productivity will increase.
Breathing techniques can also help you to reach an energized state. If you’re feeling fatigued and stressed, close your eyes and breathe in slowly through your nose, counting to 4 as you do so. Briefly pause and then exhale slowly, while counting to 8. Keep your eyes closed the whole time. After this breathing exercise, you should feel calmer, more focused and more energetic.
If you’re in a desk job, make sure your physical workspace is suitable. The correct posture is crucial: sit tall in your chair, so your stomach muscles are pulled. With your ribcage lifted, breathe in deeply to circulate more oxygen throughout your body. Do this for 5 minutes every hour.
Eye strain can also make you feel tired if you’re staring at a computer screen all day. Have a font size of at least 12 points and make sure your monitor is between 33cm and 59cm from your eyes.
Even small changes can make you feel significantly more energized, so by following these simple tips, you’ll be able to fight the fatigue and improve your work rate without feeling like it’s a major chore.