How to Rev Up Your Energy at Work
By Sandy Schroeder
We all have a certain comfort level in our jobs, and we know when it feels right, and when it does not. Then energy fades and days grow longer. Ask yourself if you are running into issues like these.
- Do your eyes hurt or feel tired after long screen sessions?
- Is your caffeine intake going up as you push through the day?
- Does your neck ache every night?
- Do you take regular breaks during the day?
- Do you run out of energy every afternoon?
Or, are you having more backaches, tension, and irritability, as you struggle through the day? More and more companies are working on these issues to keep their employees happy. Obviously, when stress and physical discomfort ease up overall productivity and performance go up. Here are some of the things that have been found to be effective.
What to Do Now
Researchers are suggesting more overall activity, regular breaks, time outside, and group exercise sessions. See if these changes from care2.com and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) work for you. If they do, start using them, allowing for work surges, sickness and other issues.
Start Moving for 10, 15 or 30 Minutes Daily
- Take a brisk walk outside after lunch
- Use the steps whenever you can
- Get up and move around every hour
- Do some chair exercises and standing stretches
Get Some Group Yoga Going
Many office employees bring their mats to work and show up for after-lunch yoga sessions for 30 to 45 minutes. They say a group effort reinforces morale, and they can feel the difference in strength and tone, flexibility, overall energy, mental clarity and concentration. Later, in the spring and summer these classes will work outside, too.
Stand Up to Work
Many groups now use walking meetings and standing discussions. Adjustable work stations let workers go from sitting to standing. Exercise balls offer more ways to stretch during the day.
Give Tai Chi a Try
This ancient practice has emerged to improve balance, posture, breathing, mindfulness and pain-free movement. Check for classes in your community, or look for ones online to try it. The slow standing, flowing, waving movements are very easy to try, often lowering stress and inspiring activity.
Add a Dash of Nature
Adding greenery with office dividers and terraced areas is an emerging trend in offices. The plants clean the air and provide natural stress relief, lightening and softening sterile or stark office spaces. Add your own greenery with small potted plants, and natural light if it is available.
If any of these tips help to spark your energy, make the most of it, and keep right on going. You can never have too much energy.
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