For many of us, working from home is the new normal with the current pandemic situation. While a large majority of us enjoy not having to spend time and money commuting to our workplace, working from home does come with its fair share of challenges – work productivity wise. It’s harder to focus on work with your bed beckoning and you’ve got 4 hours of sleep from the night before.
Of course the best thing you can do to help you stay awake is ensuring you get consistent quality rest with a good sleep routine but if that’s not you, here are some tips to help you get through your workdays.
Start off your day with a cold shower
Yes, don’t even turn on your water heater. What it does is give you that much needed energy boost, releases endorphins and makes you more alert. It’s even more effective than drinking a cup of coffee.
Grab a healthy snack
It’s going to take a lot of self-control to not reach for that bag of potato chips but if you want to stay awake, you have to. Eating processed food high in sugar and refined carbohydrates can make you feel even more tired. Opt for a healthier option such as almonds and walnuts that are high in Omega-3, which makes you more alert and helps you to stay awake while working. If you’re not a fan of nuts, grab a banana.
Get up and stretch
You may not think much of stretching but it promotes blood circulation, which makes your muscles “wake up”. It’s a fast and easy way to get out of your afternoon slump.
Take a power nap
This will take a lot of discipline otherwise a 20 minute nap can easily turn into 4 hours. Don’t get too comfortable on the bed, it will only make it harder to get up after the nap. Tip: Take a power nap by resting your head on the table, it’s comfortable enough for a nap but also not comfortable enough for you to fall soundly asleep.
Listen to some music
What you choose to listen to is important as well. Something more upbeat would likely work better than slow classical music.