Everyone that I know of has the same problem that I do about work. I get bored of the monotony, I don’t get enough rest the night before, and I can’t focus on work. I just keep watching the clock drag slowly by as I pray that I can stay awake long enough to get home and crawl into bed. I had no energy at all.
I didn’t always have those days, and usually even on those days when I knew it was going to be bad and I sloshed my way through enough coffee to stop a bull elephant’s heart, it was and still is hard to break the cycle of the long habit of copious amounts of caffeine and sugar to get through those highs and lows of the day. I don’t know about you, but by the time that caffeine and sugar high roller coaster is over I feel like I have been put through the wringer and I am praying for someone else to put me out of my misery.
Now, I don’t have to worry about that because of changing a few things that I eat and drink. Looking back, I am personally shocked that I had enough energy to even make that much coffee each day. Following the tips below will help you boost your energy levels, and will help you get through the work day without feeling drained and tired.
Here are 5 tips on boosting your energy levels to get through the workday:
- Vitamin C: Increased levels of Vitamin C (about 400 milligrams) help increase energy. Most people’s daily intake is around 100 milligrams or less. You can find vitamin C in an 8-oz glass of Orange Juice (82miligrams). Half a cup of strawberries has about 42 milligrams. Half a cup of broccoli contains about 58 milligrams.
- Iron: Iron is essential for women to help increase energy. During your menstrual cycle, you can lose a lot of iron. Small iron deficiencies can leave you feeling depleted and not having the energy for work. Add iron to your diet by eating a half cup of quick cream of wheat or oatmeal for breakfast, which provides you with 5 milligrams of iron. Red meats is another good way to add more iron to your diet—only a 3 oz. serving would be a good recommended portion. The recommended daily intake is 18 milligrams.
- Eat several small meals a day. This keeps you your blood sugar stabilized, which in turn will keep you having energy at work all day.
- Keep you proteins and carbs balanced. Don’t run to the vending machine and get a packet of donuts when you feel that crash coming, eat some crackers and peanut butter instead. I like the low fat string cheese with some crackers, or some low fat low sugar yogurt.
- B vitamins: Increases energy. I personally like the Crystal Lite energy drink mixes because you get a little caffeine, but the B vitamins in the drink help to keep that boost going that you started with the caffeine. The packets say to use a 16oz bottle of water, but I use a 1 liter bottle because it dilutes the mix down more and helps me to drink more water throughout the day to flush the toxins out of my body, which in turns helps to boost my energy levels that much more.
Try one or a few of these little tricks and tell me what you think in the comments below.