Re-energize after the Christmas break with these office friendly tips. A much-needed energy boost could be what you need in order to be more mentally alert, productive and revitalised. Put down the coffee cup because here at BPR we have compiled a list of the top 10 caffeine free tips to getting your energy levels back on track and how you can start the year with a positive, refreshed and energised attitude.
SNACK ON SOMETHING HEALTHY
Snacking on good, healthy foods can help keep your metabolism and energy levels up. Raw vegetables and hummus is a tasty snack filled with carbs, fibre and protein, which all help you feel more alert and awake. Almonds and walnuts are packed with healthy fats and help with that much-needed energy boost.
TAKE A STROLL
Just a 10 minute walk will leave you feeling energised for 2 hours according to a study in Personality and Social Psychology. Try and get out for a short stroll either side of your lunch break to ensure you’re getting exercise and fresh air.
CAFFEINE FREE SNACKS
Feeling tired but want to avoid caffeine? Try munching on chia seeds. Packed with revitalising B vitamins, fibre and protein, chia seeds are a great pick-me-up and don’t leave you feeling jittery.
Heard of ASMR? Auto-Sensory Meridian Response is a tingling, pleasurable feeling that often affects the scalp and back and is very relaxing. ASMR-triggering videos are all over YouTube and are perfect for a 5 minute de-stress.
Stretching feels great and also is perfect for keeping alert. Just a 30 second stretch stimulates the central nervous system and energises the body and mind.
If your morning shower is failing to wake you up, try using mint, citrus, or eucalyptus scented products. Medical professionals claim that smelling these scents gives you a surge of energy. Prolong the effects by putting some peppermint oil on a tissue and smelling it throughout the day to wake you up.
Everybody knows that afternoon slump you get after lunch. Don’t stifle your yawns, they actually lower brain temperature which promotes mental efficiency.
Tackle your lethargy with the way you think. Reframe your thinking by replacing negative thoughts like “I can’t get through today” with positive messages such as “I’ll focus on one thing at a time and keep smiling”. This reverse psychology has been shown by performance coaches to be a great way to generate extra energy and positivity.
SIT UP STRAIGHT
Posture is key to alertness. Slumping over a desk not only damages your back over time, but also restricts the oxygen flow to your brain so you feel less mentally alert. Sit up straight, relax your shoulders and breathe deeply into your diaphragm to feel mentally present.
GET BACK ON YOUTUBE
Laughter really is one of the best medicines. Take 10 minutes out of your day to watch a funny video on YouTube or have a laugh with a colleague. Doctors say that a good laugh raises your blood pressure and heart rate, which can provide you with a surge of energy if you’re feeling sluggish.