5 ways to boost your energy in the office

Did you ever have a situation in the office when you struggled to keep your eyes open? It starts with heavy eyelids, and then your head starts to bob as you nod off at your desk. When that afternoon slump sets in, you begin to feel like something has been slipped into your lunch.

As a response, avoid reaching for a processed energy drink filled with sugar, chemicals and preservatives.

Instead, it’s time to employ the help of some natural energy boosters. Whether you’ve pulled an all-nighter to meet a deadline or are simply exhausted from days of jam-packed schedules (or are struggling with a medical condition like adrenal fatigue), there are all-natural ways to put a little pep back in your step. Here are five effective options to get you started.

  1. Pass the chia seeds, please

Originally grown in Mexico, chia seeds have enjoyed a popularity surge in recent years, with health experts and enthusiasts alike singing their praises for their rich levels of omega-3s, protein, antioxidants and fibre.

Historic accounts regale the effectiveness of chia seeds in the diet of Aztec warriors, saying that the seeds increased stamina and performance. And it makes sense, really, as the term “chia” means “strength” in the Mayan language. Today, in the modern age, research and scientific studies have shown that chia seeds offer a solid boost of energy and endurance for us non-warriors as well.  As with most other things, moderation is key.  Chia seeds can be used in shakes, added to cereals or sprinkled over salads or other warm dishes.

  1. Keep your blood glucose levels steady

As days can get hectic in the office, meal times can get shorter or fall away completely. Leading to un-healthy eating habits and skipped meals creating havoc on your blood glucose and energy levels.

To keep your blood glucose levels steady and nourish yourself in a 3 hour rhythm, set an alarm on your phone reminding you to snack and prepare small 100 calorie snacks ahead of time you can keep in your desk or office pantry.

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  1. Drink Water

Statistics suggest that as much as 75 per cent of the population is chronically dehydrated, meaning we aren’t consuming the proper amount of water to maintain optimal health. Why does that matter? Oddly enough, dehydration means much more than just a dry mouth. When you’re not properly hydrated, you may suffer various side effects including exhaustion, fatigue and headaches.

Consider that 60 per cent of your body is comprised of water, nourishing your brain, muscles, if that amount is not properly maintained; you experience a lack of energy. Water is crucial in the digestion process, as it helps your kidneys rid your body of waste. If not properly processed, that excess waste can weigh you down and make you feel sluggish.

So, when you’re feeling a little run-down, pour a glass of mineral water and drink at least 1.5 to 2lt plain water a day.

  1. Take a walk (or ride a bike, go for a run or just . . . move!)

It’s not news that a daily workout is good for you. But in addition to the countless health benefits of exercise, (including improved heart health, greater cognitive function and a slimmer waistline), you may be surprised to learn that breaking a sweat is also a great way to increase your energy levels.

Yes, it may feel counter-intuitive, if you’re exhausted, why would you want to move?  There’s scientific proof supporting your need to squeeze in that workout, no matter what: Getting your body in motion sends additional blood and nutrients to your body’s cells, which, in turn, help your heart and lungs operate more efficiently.

And the good news is that you don’t need to be an iron man to reap the energy-boosting benefits of exercise. Short or moderate activities, like a brisk walk or walking up some stairs, some jumping jacks, some squats, or table push ups work well to quickly increase your energy levels.

  1. Take a deep breath!

It’s much more than just a catchphrase during times of chaos. Taking a deep breath is also an ideal approach to those moments when your energy levels are lagging. So, take 5-10 long, deep breath when you’re feeling fatigued, and you’ll find a near-instant surge in your energy level, as oxygen is sent to your brain and throughout your body’s cells.

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