3pm. That’s the time where I, personally, shut down and cannot continue to think or create. It happens to me every single day. Since I am self-employed, it is very easy for me to decide to end the working day, give up completely, and stop working. That sounds incredible, right? Not for my bank account! Let’s achieve a better livelihood! Here are 5 ways to re-energise yourself when you’re too tired to carry on.
HYDRATE! My desk is a permanent hydration station. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have the attention span of a gnat at the best of times. I’m the kind of person that will give up a chocolate bar because I get bored of it halfway through and I also always have two drinks on the go at any given time! But when I’m tired, there’s only one drink that will get me awake. I force myself to down a glass of iced water. You want it so cold that you get brain freeze and it hurts a little bit. WAKE UP! Put that body shock to use!
I’m a big fan of manipulating myself into doing things because otherwise nothing gets done. Music is great at changing your mood and creating the illusion of energy. We’ve all listened to a sad song when we’re sad and lay about utterly miserable as a result. (Right?) Now reverse it. If you don’t know where to start with happy playlists, Spotify has one that really works for me and might work for you: getting home happy. Go search for that playlist and blast it until you want to dance around the office…then get shit done! (I mean it, there are deadlines you need to make.)
I hate the ‘E’ word too. But it really does work. If I’m feeling unproductive, it’s probably because I’m sluggish. We all need to get up and move our bodies until we make serotonin and get that little rush of energy. Stop yawning. Nowadays, when I’m being bratty about doing work, I take my dog, Sansa, out for a walk which wakes me up, gets some sun rays on my skin and puts me in a good mood. When I used to work in an office where this wasn’t an option, I would power walk the corridor to the bathroom and then do star jumps. If you care about what people think of you, this might not be an option, but I promise it will wake you up!
This is something we can all get on board with. Remember to take care of yourself, even when you’re feeling tired. In fact, since we get energy from our food, it’s likely that you’re not eating or you’re eating the wrong things. When you’re tired, try to remember what you’ve eaten that day and then find something of real nutritional value.
Do something practical
Continuously not getting things done creates negative association. Go do something that you know you can complete efficiently and well. For me, I’ll do the laundry or clean an area of our apartment – anything that keeps the hands busy and can be achieved quickly. Find something on your to do list – or someone else in the office’s to do list, and complete it. Sometimes all it takes is an achievement hit on one task to motivate you to do another!
(I tried really hard not to make coffee or Dr Pepper one of the ways you can re-energise for health reasons but I’m going to be really honest and say that both of those also work).
These are the things that work for me, when it comes to reinvigorating myself with the energy to get stuff done. I’m hoping that they also work wonders for you! If you have any of your own tips for re-energising, please leave them in the comments section below so we can all learn from your wisdom.
Now get back to work!