6 Ways to Boost Your Brainpower at Work
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:
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.
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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