Around 2 p.m. on a work day, two words come to mind: tired and stressed. This seems to be how many people feel at this time of day. Why is that? Working 8 or 9 hours is a long day! When you are doing it week after week on top of the other responsibilities in your life, it can start to wear on you. There is no way to completely avoid it, but there are some great ways to lower the amount of stress and fatigue you are feeling.
HOW? Eat better! It sounds cliche, but your diet makes a difference! That does not mean you have to eat salads every day for lunch, but maybe skip the deep fried foods. Filling yourself with more fruits and veggies will give you energy. If you are thinking: “I’ll just drink a Monster,” think again! While energy drinks will give you immediate energy, they are very unhealthy. Did you know that the amount of caffeine and sugar in energy drinks can lead to some serious health problems? Not only that, but there is no nutritional value in these drinks. They may give you the boost you want, but those spikes and crashes can hurt you in the long run. Have you ever heard of the health risks associated with eating an apple or cucumbers? I didn’t think so.
Not only will eating better help you feel less fatigued, but throwing in about 20-30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week will help with both fatigue and stress. Taking a brisk walk during a morning or lunch break balances neurotransmitters and other chemicals in your brain, which cause you to be more alert. It strengthens your brain and increases your learning capacity! Exercise helps you cope with stress because it boosts your brain activity and gets rid of some stress through blood flow. To put it simply, it clears your mind and re-energizes your brain so you can focus without getting bogged down.
What have you learned? That health is more simple than you thought! As simple as substituting a couple of those donuts and muffins for some eggs and fruit. Starting your day on the right foot with a healthier breakfast choice. Finding a co-worker and go for a 20-minute walk on your lunch break. (This is also a great way to catch up!) You will see a significant difference in your energy levels and health, and maybe you’ll even find yourself more motivated to get ahead.