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6 Ways to Boost Your Brainpower at Work

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Feeling drained? Before submitting the poor output and provoking your nasty boss to ask “Did you color your hair blonde again?” here are easy ways to revive your spirit and boost your brainpower:

6 Ways to Boost Your Brainpower at Work

Tired before 11am? Here’s how to get a boost…

1. Power Snack

The name says it all. You need to have snacks at work in order to have enough power to help you get through the day. Eating, especially in the afternoon, keeps your blood sugar even, gives you energy, and keeps you in good disposition. Snacking also controls your appetite until you complete your work day. What you are eating during snack time is also important. To avoid the extra calories that you get from eating traditional snack food like cookies and bags of chips, consider dried fruits, nuts like almond, or a low-fat yogurt. Warning: don’t resort to snacking when stressed-out or it will become your coping mechanism to stress. When deadlines, meetings, etc. are making you anxious, resort to #5.

6 Ways to Boost Your Brainpower at Work2. Hydrate

The feeling of being drained out is your body’s way of telling that it needs to be hydrated. Drinking water is refreshing because it gives a cool sensation. Scientifically, you really need to drink water when feeling hydrated because the neurons in your brain cannot perform properly if not hydrated enough. FYI: 80 percent of your brain is made of water. Aside from water, juices made from fruits and vegetables are also good for the brain. They have high levels of antioxidants that protect the brain cells from damage. Also, study says that people who consume more fruit and vegetable juices are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Switch Tasks One at a Time

Unless you are working as a call center agent who needs to speak with customers over the phone while typing or troubleshooting their concerns at the same time, try not to multitask that much. Layering projects can exhaust you out easily. When dealing with many to-do lists, perform one task at a time then switch to another task when you get tired or worn out.  Switching on projects engages different areas of your brain, thus making you mentally alert. If you can’t finish one task in an hour, schedule it to a later time within the day.

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Rebecca Ariane Givens is Urbanette's Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, with her boyfriend David.

6 Comments

  1. Hannah Mayers

    Giving myself a break, even a 15-minute break after 3-4 hours of work helps. Having a short break brings back my focus and enthusiasm on accomplishing my reports.

  2. Courtney Watson

    Power nap and stretching works for me! Sometimes it’s really hard to keep your focus because your brain gets tired LOL! Getting out of my table for a while and have some stretching brings back my focus and produce the best output!

  3. These are excellent tips! I've never been particularly fond of napping, but I'll definitely give the meditative moment of silence a try. As for dance breaks, I'll just have to convince my professors it's a good idea…

  4. Jen Spillane

    I love the idea of taking dance breaks!

  5. Good tips. I know when I'm in school,, I tend to get drained easily. It's time to change my routine up !!!!! Power naps never worked for me because I think it takes me about 30 minutes to fully fall asleep. Unless I'm completely exhausted I can fall asleep earlier.I do think for me the power snack and stay hydrates helps boost energy. Oh and definitely the laugh break!!!

  6. Jen Garcia

    I learned in psych that a 30-45 minute nap makes up for 2 hours of lost sleep. Any longer is just detrimental to your sleep cycle and health. I also totally agree that multitasking can be bad, it results in way too much mental stimulation and it's exhausting!

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