5 Ways to Boost Energy Without Leaving Office

February 7, 2009 · Posted in Anything 

Energy Booster

Stuffed at workplace and jealous of others doing workouts elsewhere? Here are 5 ways to boost your energy without actually leaving the office physically. You should, perhaps, give it a try:

5 Ways of Boosting Energy Without Leaving Office

1.) Work in a work-out. It may seem counter intuitive (why expend energy when you feel like you have none to spare?), but a little bit of exercise can bring a big energy boost. You do not have to devote a big chunk of time to it; just 10 minutes can make a difference. Try taking baby steps: Park your car at the far end of the lot and power walk to the office door, stand up and stretch at your desk.

2.) Eat protein. Recall that marathon runners eat tonnes of carbohydrates for energy before a big run? Sure they do, but they are running, and in the office, there is not so much of running, more rather of sitting down. If you’re looking for mental energy and alertness, tuck into an egg at breakfast and munch on a protein-rich snack in the mid-afternoon. (“Protein-rich” doesn’t necessarily mean “highly caloric“; 10 almonds or a cup of low-fat cottage cheese will do the trick).

3.) Take a three-minute meditation break. A few minutes of meditation can help combat fatigue, as according to Dr. Judith Orloff, psychiatrist and author of Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress and Fear. She suggests finding a quiet place and mentally focusing on an image that brings you pleasure — e.g. your child laughing, your favorite flower, a crackling fire, etc — while breathing deeply (roughly 10 seconds for each inhale and exhale). Practice maintaining your focus for maximum revitalization.

4.) Try self-acupressure. According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, students who were taught to self-administer certain acupressure treatments were more alert and felt less fatigued. University of Michigan Medical Center research investigator Dr.Richard E. Harris offers this trick: Press down on and rub the muscle between your thumb and your forefinger for three to five minutes; it’s a well-known stimulation spot.

5.) See the light. A little natural light can go a long way to making you feel more alert and energised. This is totally different from the fluorescent tubes above you in the office; but a small desk lamp with a full-spectrum bulb or one that mimics sunlight can help (especially if you can’t get outside for a short walk).

It is not too difficult, isn’t it?

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