At our St James apothecary, we frequently have clients coming in looking for advice on how to reduce mental fog, be more productive and feel more energised at work. And while there is no magic pill you can take to perform at your peak all the time, there are some simple actions you can take to support your energy levels and feel more focused throughout the day.
Here are our top strategies for Energy + Focus at work.
Exercise in the morning to increase energy and focus at work
We all know exercise is good for our bodies, but it’s also good for our brains. Exercise in the morning starts your day on a productive note, and can improve our 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.
Why does exercise in the morning increase energy and focus?
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. They are the body's natural hormones that are released when you do something active like working out. Endorphins make you move and perform which helps you do better throughout the day.
Take mental breaks with therapeutic 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.
Did you know 75% of our emotions are prompted by scent?
Applying therapeutic oils to key sensory points to activate the senses can therefore be a powerful tool to reset and restore your motivation during the work day.
How anatomē can help you improve motivation at work?
The spicy black pepper, and ginger root of our Focus + Concentration boosts memory and cognitive performance for thinkers and creatives.
May Chang, Peppermint, Camphor in our Energy + Strength creates alertness in your brain + support muscle activity.
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.
Feed and hydrate your brain
Most of the time brain fatigue can be an outcome from lack of brain nutrition.
Hydration is equally important but often forgotten. Our brain is constituted by 73% of water. Therefore, to use our brain in optimal health it needs to be fully hydrated. Researches have shown that dehydration decreases attention and impair short-term memory.
Aim to drink at least 2 litres a day. We also recommend having handy and healthy snacks on your desk.
A snack should be a smaller portion of food, giving the necessary energy that you brain needs, including nuts, yogurts + seeds or even a simple and healthy fruit.
Take charge of your time and energy. These 3 proven tools will help you stay focused and amp up your productivity so you can kill it every day.
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So to recap.
- Exercise in the morning to increase energy and focus at work
- Take mental breaks during work through breathing exercises and use of therapeutic oils
- Make sure you drink enough water and eat nutritious snacks like nuts, yoghurt and seeds