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6 Tips to Boost Your Brainpower at Work

Easy ways to get the most out of your brain… and your day.

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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 Tips 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. Instead of reaching for blood-sugar-spiking snack food like cookies and bags of chips, consider dried fruits, nuts, or organic raw food bars, which give you stable energy and brain-boosting nutrients. Warning: don’t resort to snacking when stressed-out or it could become a coping mechanism. When deadlines, meetings, etc. are making you anxious, try #5.

6 Tips to Boost Your Brainpower at Work

2. Hydrate

The feeling of being drained is your body’s way of telling that it needs to be hydrated. The neurons in your brain cannot perform properly if not hydrated enough. FYI: 80% 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, studies show that people who consume more fruit and vegetable juices are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

3. One Task at a Time

Try not to multitask that much. Switching back and forth between projects exhausts your brain. When dealing with a long to-do list, perform one task at a time then switch to another task when you get tired or worn out. Switching projects engages different areas of your brain, thus making you mentally alert.

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Rebecca 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, spent most of her adulthood in Brooklyn, and now lives with her boyfriend David in Zurich, Switzerland. Check out her blog at RadiantPeach.com

Reader Discussion: 96 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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