5 Simple Ways to Increase Energy at Work

Easy tips to help you feel awake and ready to go.

1. Don't skip breakfast

After your 6+ hours of sleep, your body needs fuel to get going again. Studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to be in a better mood and have more energy throughout the day. The 20 best foods to eat for breakfast can be found here. So if you want to start your day off right, eat breakfast!

2. Drink more water

Drinking water helps you think, concentrate and focus better. Even if you are only 1 percent dehydrated, you are likely to have a 5 percent decrease in cognitive function (Remember, you can become dehydrated before you feel thirsty). So to stay alert and maintain productivity, drink more water.

3. Go for a walk

Going for a walk may be the last thing you want to do when you’re tired but light exercise is a great way to get the heart pumping and will make you feel more energized. Longer periods of exercise (20 minutes or more) boost your levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, all of which will give you more energy when you return to work.

4. Stretches

Stretches will help get the blood flowing and help you to refocus your mind on your work. Check out some simple stretches to boost your energy at your office desk here.

5. Reduce stress

Easier said than done – I know! Ongoing stress can make you feel drained and has a negative impact on sleep, preventing you from getting a good night’s rest. This of course will lead to you having less energy in the day therefore increasing stress even more, further impacting on your sleep. The vicious cycle continues! For some tips to help you reduce stress, check out our previous articles, 10 simple ways to reduce stress at work and 7 tips to switching off after work.

Katie attended the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where she set up Altruist in 2013. Since then, Katie has won various awards including Birmingham Mail's Young Achiever of the Year 2017, New Entrepreneurs Foundation 'Future Face of Business' and Entrepreneurial Spark's 'Most Accelerated Business'. She has also been a finalist in nine other award categories and in 2014, Katie was invited to attend the prestigious 'Women of the Year Lunch' in honour of her work raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health.

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