We like to get the best sleep we could have. The fastest way, the deepest kind – but not during our work hours, right? Most of us are so used to being too dependent on coffee when we’ve got a lot of tasks and work to do. For those who are not fond of drinking coffee for any possible reason, and for coffee drinkers, coffee addicts, and coffee fanatics, who wants to make a change – here are some ways on how you can survive the day without relying on caffeine.
Start your day right
Many people underestimate the importance of breakfast. They may only take a glass of juice and eat nothing at all. Eating an abundant meal within the first few hours after waking up is much healthier for you. The lack of nutrients in your body, (that you should have if you only took breakfast) may be the reason for your sluggish and drowsy day. Start your day right. Pump up with energetic foods, first thing in the morning. Superb your breakfast.
Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sleepy and sluggish. Our body needs the water to wake up cells, blood, and so forth. So always keep a glass or bottle of water near you and gulp it throughout the day. Burp!
Always have some healthy snack to chew on in your desk. Fruit (or dried fruit), nuts, almond, protein bar, energy bar, yogurt, string cheese, jerky, granola, nut butter, veggies, chips, trail mix, and crackers are some of healthy, and tasty snacks you can bring at work – that will help you stay awake and alert, so you can continue being productive and focus on what you’re doing. Munch them at free will to your satisfaction.
This item is almost the same from the previous one, but let’s just say this got another flavor or with a little twist. From healthy snacks, we’ll go to…. “not so healthy ones.”
I’m now referring to those sweet, sugary stuff. Those foods that make you think twice if you should take another bite. But hey, if we’re desperately in need to be awake and alert, I say, why not try these stuff? Because most of the sweet desserts and snacks aren’t that healthy (especially those you buy at the groceries) – eating a lot of this would make you fat. Consume them in moderation and drink lots of water together with it.
Chew a gum
Chewing a piece of gum has been proved to help people stay awake and attentive. This is because your facial muscles are being stimulated, causing an increase in blood flow to the head. Chewing gum also stimulates the brain, even though you may not realize it – the reason why it helps you stay awake.
Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for extended periods of time may lead to eye fatigue – one reason why you like just to shut your eye and open it again after shift. Take regular breaks with intended blinking and looking out into the distance. Rotate your eyes clockwise and then counterclockwise. Roll them up and down, side to side, and diagonally. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.
You may also try doing the 20-20-20 trick: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Looking at color green is also healthy on our eyes. Bring a plant or a bonsai on your desk if possible and look at it if you feel your eyes need rest. Having green wallpaper on your monitor may be helpful too.
Talk to someone
Be engaged in conversation. Speak to your seat mate, to a friend or a colleague. You may contact your loved ones over the phone. Greet them and ask them how they are doing. Share stories, and talk fun stuff. Refrain from thinking deep business thoughts at the moment. Enjoy your little break from work and laugh with them.
Pull down on your earlobes, rub the back of your hand between your thumb and index finger, and pressing against the back of your knee. These simple acupressure techniques can give you a wakeful boost, and they’re not too hard to do.
Listen to music
Maybe you’re sleepy because your job boxed you in daily routine tasks? Perhaps a change of mood might do the trick. Gear up with your headset and turn the volume on. Choose some loud or upbeat songs. Pick the music that is above 120 bpm (beats per minute). This is the kind of music that makes your feet stomp and your head bang. The ones that make you feel like you’re with Led Zeppelin while you play your imaginary guitar. The ones that make you feel like you’re an insane drummer while you strike your desk. Move your body naturally by following the warm haven of tune plugged in your ears. Unleash the haven of alertness through your ears.
Feeling sleepy while you’re on your chair? Stand up and move. Move away from your chair and walk, jog, run, or climb the stairs. Go to the washroom. Stretch your muscles. But if you can’t stand yet or need to move more discreetly, just wiggle your feet, squeeze your toes. Move your head and shoulders sideward. Raise your arms up and stretch.
These ways may get you through a day, but don’t use this as your daily routine. Be sure to have a complete rest and sleep during the night. Abusing ourselves from lack of sleep may take its toll someday.