According to the American Psychological Association, 66% of men and women revealed that work significantly impacts their stress levels. Roughly 25% of employees view their jobs as the top source of stress in their lives.
If you’re experiencing constant stress on-the-job, you may feel your energy levels drain before you set foot in the building. Fortunately, there are several proven remedies that you can use to boost energy levels at work, without chugging an entire pot of coffee:
- Let natural sunlight in. In the morning, your body will adjust best to the rude awakening if you’re exposed to natural sunlight as your alarm goes off. It may help to sleep with your blinds partially open so that your brain naturally slows down melatonin production and generates adrenaline in the early morning hours.
- Start the morning right. Carb loading isn’t the way to boost energy at work, unless you plan to run a marathon from 9 to 5. Instead, eat a breakfast rich in protein that will improve energy and mental focus. Protein contains an amino acid called tyrosine that helps to stimulate brain chemicals like norepinephrine and dopamine; protein also keeps you fuller for longer so that you’re less likely to reach for an unhealthy midmorning snack.
- Cut down on your commute. A lengthy commute is enough to add stress to anyone’s day. If at all possible, move closer to your office to cut down on unnecessary time spent in traffic. You may also want to consider asking to telecommute part-time or full-time to bring your job to you. If these options aren’t possible, make the most of a commute by listening to relaxing music and meditating on the train.
- Clean up your desk. A messy desk can be a source of stress; set aside 15 minutes at the beginning of the day to clean and organize documents in your office. Whenever possible, scan documents to save to your computer and recycle physical copies to conserve space.
- Take a walk at lunch. A 20 minute walk around the block during your lunch break will boost levels of serotonin and dopamine to improve energy when you return to the office. Even better, escaping from the office during your lunch hour will provide you with the mental break you need to recharge your batteries and refresh before returning to an important project.