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Tips for Keeping Your Mind Sharp During a Long Day at Work - Carol Evenson - Blog

Tips for Keeping Your Mind Sharp During a Long Day at Work

When you’re spending hours upon hours at work, sitting in the same chair, and staring at the same computer screen, mental fog can start to set in. Before you know it, you’re having trouble focusing on the tasks at hand. It starts to feel like the day will never end.

Don’t let long days at work become a drag. Here are eight things that you can do to help keep your mind sharp all day long.

Get Up and Go for a Walk

Sitting down for hours on end makes both your mind and your body feel sluggish. Staring at a computer screen can have significant effects as well. Make sure to get up every so often and go for a short walk. Even if it’s just down the hall and back, moving your body can give your brain the boost it needs.

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Pack Healthy Snacks

As tempting as sugary snacks are for an energy boost, these types of foods do more harm than good. Sure, they give you a quick jolt, but those highs are soon preceded by an energy crash. A rapid dip in blood sugar can affect both your brain and your performance.

Instead of reaching for candy bars, donuts, and other high-sugar sweets, pack brain-boosting snacks like a handful of walnuts, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, and peanut butter. These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. They’ll boost your brain without the crash.

Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration can lead to physical and mental fatigue. Don’t forget to keep sipping plenty of water throughout the day. You can make it easier to remember to stay hydrated by bringing a reusable bottle from home. An app on your phone can also help to remind you to keep drinking water periodically during the day.

Give Yourself Some Breaks

Sometimes just giving yourself a small break from a task can be enough to re-energize your brain. Give yourself a couple of minutes away from the task at hand with distracting games like snake, crosswords, word searches, or other mental challenges. By focusing on something else, even just briefly, you can help to regain focus on your work task.

Be Strategic with Your Coffee

When the brain starts to fizzle out, many people go for a large dose of caffeine. Worse, many go for sugar-loaded beverages from chain coffee companies. Like sugary snacks, a jolt can give you quick buzz, but it won’t last very long. Be strategic with your caffeine intake. Drink small amounts throughout the day for the best results.

Get Outside

If you can, take a walk outside. Being surrounded by nature and fresh air can do wonders for your brain. If you can’t get out of the office, consider bringing some nature indoors with some office plants. Studies have shown that being around plants can help to reduce stress, facilitate healing, and boost cognitive skills.

Play Your Favorite Tunes

When your brain starts to get fogged, you start having a harder time staying focused. Playing music can help. If you can’t turn on the volume at your desk, consider a set of headphones. The best type of music to help you stay focused depends on you. Some genres to try, however, include lo-fi, nature sounds, music without lyrics, new age, and classical. Try a few different types to see what sort of music best suits you and helps to improve your productivity.

Stretch Your Body Out

Sitting still for a long time can leave your body feeling tight, which also affects your mind and your ability to concentrate. If you’re starting to feel the tension set in, get up and start stretching. You’ll keep your body flexible and your mind clear.

Your work hours might be long, but that doesn’t mean you should let them take their toll on your mind. With these tips, you can help keep your brain sharp and complete the tasks before you.

Publish Date: June 24, 2020 4:34 PM

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