We are all in touch with the mind numbing, energy sapping feeling of fatigue that creeps up on us in the course of a hectic working day. Going to work, in more ways than one, is akin to going to war. Staring at the computer screens all day long, answering phone calls, tempering tensions among co-workers, dealing with an especially angry client, all of this and more takes a lot out of an individual.
Here is how a typical work day pans out for the most of us. We manage to survive the morning well enough. Energetic and getting the work done, we feel like we’re on a roll. But in the hours after lunch a slow grogginess begins to set in. The fatigue of the endless work we had dodged so far comes and hits you with the subtlety of a brick wall.
Times like these find us reaching eagerly for a cup of strong coffee with abundant amounts of sugar. On these flimsy crutches we manage to work our way through to the evening. This is about when the caffeine withdrawal kicks in and we begin to slow down again. So we pour ourselves more coffee and manage to get the day’s work done. This usually results into us staying up till late, wired with all the caffeine, heedless to our body’s need for rest. This cycle is on repeat in many of our lives. Working professionals are at perpetual risk of burning out due to fatigue or causing lasting damage to their bodies. However, there are simple ways to get past this leaden feeling of exhaustion.
Breakfast as a king, lunch like a pauper
Starting your day with a healthy and heavy breakfast not only curbs your craving for a big lunch it also gives you the perfect boost to begin the day. A small lunch will keep at a distance the all too familiar feeling of grogginess. Supplement this with small meals of sprouts or greens through the evening and feel the difference in your energy levels.
Cut back on the caffeine
Limit yourself to two cups a day; take to a slow taper if you want to avoid the withdrawal. Caffeine is a brilliant pick me up when you want to focus on an especially tired, sleep deprived work day, but regular dependence is unhealthy. Even the Royal College of Psychiatrists advises that anyone feeling fatigued on a regular basis should try cutting down on caffeine.
No booze on work nights
A few glasses of wine, for many of us, may seem like the perfect remedy to help fall asleep after a long day at work. Drinking alcohol before bed has been known to reduce the amount of sleep. Even if you manage to sleep the requisite eight hours, the dehydration and exhaustion booze brings will not leave your side. Limiting yourself to drinking on weekends alone will let you store your energy through the weekdays. If you find yourself unable to do that, limit yourself to a couple of drinks, tops.
Take frequent breaks
One of the biggest causes of fatigue in sedentary jobs is the act of sitting all day and staring at the computer screen. In situations like these, taking a short walk around the office or simply a short five-minute walk outside will help clear your head. Use this time to connect to your office colleagues or the friendly shopkeeper next door.
Keeping the body hydrated is one of the best ways to not only stay healthy but also beat fatigue during a work day. We often forget to drink water during the course of a day. Even mild dehydration can cause mental and physical fatigue, especially when working. Having that sip of water will give you a momentary break from the work at hand or the conversation you are having, allowing you to gather your thoughts.