We all deal with weariness at work — it’s normal. Usually if you grab a coffee, have a quick stretch or take a short break, you’ll feel refreshed to push through and finish the day on a strong note. But if you find yourself feeling tired on a regular basis, it might be time to change up your routine.
Here, Healthy-worker.ca, an initiative by Public Services Health & Safety Association, recommends seven ways to fight fatigue at the workplace:
- Sleep rules. Always get a good night’s sleep. Adults need seven to nine hours — anything short of that can lead to fatigue, along with an array of other negative health outcomes including obesity, depression and diabetes. So, create a sleep sanctuary by putting away the screen, darkening your room and calling it a day at a reasonable hour.
- Limit the stimulants. This means limiting your intake of coffee and caffeinated drinks like soda or energy drinks, especially before bedtime. Regular use of stimulants can throw off the body’s natural ability to stay alert and focused throughout the day.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. When you become dehydrated, you’ll feel drained of energy and it will leave you struggling to stay awake.
- Exercise is key. If you’re feeling tired, it may not occur to you to get up and move around, but you should. Exercise — however limited — will increase blood flow, supply oxygen to your body and brain, and give you the energy boost you’re lacking.
- Don’t worry, be happy. Always try to remain positive. A negative mindset can activate the body’s stress response system, causing fatigue and other health issues.
- Take breaks. It’s easy to forget, especially if you’re working on a tight deadline, but taking short breaks allows your body to recover and your mind to refocus.
- Be mindful. Meditation is very popular these days, and for good reason. Even a 10-minute morning meditation practice has been proven to reduce anxiety, help you stay focused and keep you mindful of your surroundings throughout the day.
Get tips on finding balance and staying healthy and safe at healthy-worker.ca.
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