6 Tips to Boost Your Brainpower at Work
Easy ways to get the most out of your brain… and your day.
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. 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.
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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