Tips for staying awake on the job
I can still remember the end-of-day exhaustion after starting my first full-time job. No matter if you’re on your feet all day or sitting at a desk, there’s something about being “on” and alert for 8 or so hours that leave you feeling drained. The early starts or the midday slumps? Very real things! You adjust to getting up early and your mind and body get used to the schedule, but it takes time.
Whether you’re at work all day (or night), are spending your time searching for employment (which can be like a full-time job itself), or just need help getting past the feeling of needing an afternoon nap, here are some tips for staying awake and alert!
Have a routine. Just like they tell new parents who need some help getting their toddlers down to sleep, a routine allows your body to know what’s coming next. If you can have an evening schedule that gives you some time to destress, relax, and get ready for bed, you’re more likely to fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly. This routine includes morning schedules, too!
Work through current troubles. Dealing with a lot of anxiety or stress? Or maybe you have physical aches and pains. These things can certainly affect sleep and energy during the day! They’re draining and although it may take some energy to take care of these troubles, you’ll be better off in the end! Focus on what’s causing it, work on fixing it, and you may find yourself with more pep in your step.
Get a view. A little fresh air can do wonders for your mood and your energy! Even if you just step out for 5 minutes, take a lap, or walk to your car, it can help improve your day. Unable to get outside? Take a look out the window! Extra points for having your workspace near a window where you can frequently gaze and catch the sun. Being in sunlight, whether from inside or outside, actually helps you sleep better at night.
Stay healthy. There are so many aspects to this from the food you eat to the exercise you get. Have balanced meals that provide energy to keep you going rather than sugar-fueled snacks that cause you to crash when they wear off. Drinking water throughout the day is a good boost, too, as dehydration can cause fatigue. Finally, fit in some exercise anywhere you can! Maybe you do some yoga in the morning after waking up or you head to the gym after work. Maybe you just get in a walk around the block during break time. Even a moment of meditation—exercise for your mind—can help midday!
Take that nap. Studies show that a 15- or 20-minute nap in the middle of the day can result in increased productivity! We know this is probably pretty difficult as it’s likely frowned upon most places. But if you’re lucky enough to be able to try it, let us know how it goes! Restfulness and recharging can lead to improved work outcomes that may be worth the 20-minute break from work.
Do you have trouble stopping the yawns or staying focused at work? Have you tried any of these tips? Let us know at TransHire if you have more to share!