6 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp at Work

Do you ever find it hard to focus at work? Have you ever felt drained during your workday? Do you feel like you could fall asleep right at your desk? Many people feel like this quite often, not knowing there are things you can do to combat mental fatigue while at work. Keeping your brain sharp and focused at work can help you be more productive and effective. It can also help you make less mistakes and errors in your work. Read on to find out seven things you can do to keep your brain focused and sharp at work.

1. Exercise – sitting for long periods of time during the workday can make you feel sluggish and decrease energy levels. Try doing some exercises during your working hours, like a quick walk or a few minutes of jumping jacks. Even just a few minutes of exercise can increase your energy and help get you through the rest of the day.

2. Eating right – eat foods that are known to give you energy, like fruits, almonds, vegetables, or a fiber bar. Instead of snacking on chips, try carrots. Instead of eating a dessert, eat some fresh fruit. Stay away from foods that are high in sugar, as this will cause you to crash and loose energy while you are working.

3. Listen to energizing music – if you’re working on something, and want to get it done at lightning speed, try listening to some fast-paced, energizing music. This is similar to listening to fast-paced music while you exercise. While exercising, it causes you to run faster, and it can help you work faster too.

4. Do some stretches – sitting at a desk all day can leave you full of tension. Take a break and do some stretches during your workday. This will get the blood flowing through your body and will give you a new focus when you return to your desk.

5. Stay hydrated – drink lots of water while you work. Dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue. Staying hydrated will help keep you focused and help keep your energy level higher.

6. Drink one cup of coffee – drinking one cup of coffee in the morning to get you going is a good way to start your day. It will give you the instant energy boost you need to come out of the gate strong. Drinking coffee all day long can have the opposite affect that you’re looking for though. Your tolerance for caffeine will increase, requiring you to drink more coffee for it to have an energizing effect. Sticking to one cup in the morning will give the energy boost without increasing your caffeine tolerance.

Get to know the author!

My HeadshotBy Jennifer Cruse| Senior Social Strategist

Jennifer attended West Virginia University and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. She began working for a group of several colleges before graduating with her Master’s. In this role, Jennifer helped manage all marketing activities for the colleges. This included more traditional marketing like TV and radio, and also modern marketing like social media and digital ad campaigns. Jennifer learned how to create high-level strategies and operational tactics. Jennifer believes marketing is both an art and a science, because it takes an artist to create and a scientist to measure the results. Jennifer is super excited to be in her current role as Senior Social Strategist at Sutherland!

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