We all feel tired and foggy at work sometimes, the 3pm slump coming for our productivity like a ton of bricks. Unfortunately, there is no magic way to perform at your peak all the time, but there are some simple actions you can take to support your energy levels and feel more focused throughout the day.
1. Exercise in the morning
Not only is exercise good for your body, but also for the brain! By starting your day on a productive note and moving, it can improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety during the day. Working out has been shown to be an effective way to improve our attention, increase our learning potential and boost our memory. Studies have also shown that people who work out in the morning have greater volume in the parts of the brain that control memory and thinking. Exercising releases endorphins, the body’s happy hormone, helping you to perform better throughout the day.
2. Take a break with essential oils
When you feel mental fatigue setting in, try stepping away from your desk for a few minutes, even a short break can give you that burst of inspiration and creativity you’ve been looking for. Seventy-five percent of our emotions are prompted by scent making the application of essential oils a powerful tool to reset and restore motivation during the work day. We here at anatomē will use our oils to help recharge when we hit that midday slump. The spicy Black Pepper, and Ginger Root of our Focus + Concentration boosts memory and cognitive performance for thinkers and creatives, while the May Chang, Peppermint, Camphor in our Energy + Strength creates alertness in your brain + support muscle activity. So, step away from the desk, stretch, apply the oil, and take a moment to breathe deeply and recollect yourself before returning to the project at hand.
3. Feed + hydrate your brain since often brain fatigue comes from a lack of nutrition.
Having a snack can give you the necessary energy that your brain needs. It should be a smaller portion of food like nuts, yogurts + seeds or even a simple and healthy fruit. Hydration is equally important but often forgotten. Our brain is made of 73% water. Therefore, to use our brain at its peak, it needs to be fully hydrated. Researchers have shown that dehydration decreases attention and impair short-term memory, so aim to drink about 2 litres of water a day.
By making sure you take the time to take care of your physical body, with exercise, breaks, food + water, it will ensure your productivity is better than ever.