Work can be mentally draining, especially if it is a 9-5 office job.
You will be sitting on your chair for 7 hours but by the time work ends, you are ready for bed.
You might not be physically tired but your brain just can’t function anymore, especially if it involves a 3-hour meeting with your petulant boss.
So, here are 10 things to do at work so you will stay mentally healthy and happy!
1) Power naps
Don’t be shy about napping during work, as they can help you to be alert and “cut through the general fog that creeps in during the day”, according to experts.
Media publication, Huffington Post and sports company Nike, have sleep rooms to enhance work productivity during the day.
2) Take breaks
If napping isn’t your thing. Try to take breaks.
According to this study, breaks help you to keep focused, and just like your smartphone, you need to pace yourself or you will burn out eventually.
3) Snacking healthily
Have you ever caught yourself feeling hungry 2 hours before lunch and after lunch?
Well, it is wise to grab a snack but don’t go reaching out for the cake.
According to Harvard Business Review, food that is high in carbohydrates and sugar release glucose quickly, causing a spike in blood sugar, and you will soon crash and burn.
Instead, opt snacks that are low in GI (glycemic index), ensuring a steady supply of sugar in your blood, such as walnuts, bananas and strawberries.
4) Post-it notes
Your brain is not like the iCloud with massive storage.
If you have a hectic day at work, it will be good to jot them down on post-it notes, so you won’t end up forgetting to reply a very important client email!
5) Standing meeting
Ever caught yourself drifting into oblivion during a meeting?
Meetings can be very counterproductive, especially when your colleagues start sidetracking.
According to New York Magazine, standing meetings can reduce meeting time by 34%.
Coz’ everyone would get to the point as they would want to go back to their desk and sit down!
It’s not rocket science.
6) 90-minute intervals
So when is the best time to take a break?
There have been numerous studies suggesting that taking a break after every 90 minutes promotes productivity.
Coz, we function on cycles called ultradian rhythm aka our body clock and it will roll out on a 90-120 minute cycles.
Which means to say that your first 90 minutes at work is your peak.
7) Silent your phone
If you’re addicted to your phone, it is best to switch it off or silent it.
You might think that checking your phone for 5 minutes won’t affect your work but cumulatively it will.
Imagine checking your phone for 5minutes, 10 times, you’ve essentially spent almost an hour using your phone!
If you have an access to a gym near your workplace, try running on the treadmill for 30 minutes.
You will feel “happier” as running is known to release endorphins aka happy hormones to your brain.
Personally, listening to music keeps me focused and helps me tune out to my colleagues’ annoying voices.
Of course, try not to listen to sad songs!
10) two-minute rule
I am sure you have heard of this rule but if you have not, let me break it down for you.
You know how sometimes we have the minuscule tasks to do but we keep procrastinating it?
Do you know that we end up wasting our time just thinking about it.
So, if the said tasks can be done within two minutes, in the wise words of Nike, just do it!
You will be saving so much time, instead of pushing it at the eleventh hour.
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