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7 tips to keep your energy levels high at work

Want to feel more energy throughout your work day? Here are seven strategies to get you started on your own personal energy project.
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7 tips to keep your energy levels high at work

  1. 1. intheblackleadership . strategy . business Your essenTiaL business updaTe 7TIPS ENERGYLEVELS HIGHAT WORK TOKEEPYOUR
  2. 2. Feeling stressed or tired isn’t uncommon. Yet while most of us understand the importance of recharging our batteries, few of us actually do anything about it. Just like balancing the books, managing your energy is about making sure your energy expenditure is balanced with energy renewal, says Tony Schwartz, founder of The Energy Project. Feeling more energised lets you accomplish more in a day, and the best news is that getting more energy isn’t that hard. Read on for strategies to help you keep your energy levels high at work. WHENOURMOBILEPHONERUNSOUTOFBATTERYWEKNOW IT’STIMETOPLUGITINTORECHARGE,BUTWHENWERUNOUT OFENERGYOURSELVES,WHAT’STHESOLUTION?
  3. 3. 1. AUDIT YOUR HABITSTake a hard look at your daily activities to look for the things that sap your energy. Do you skip breakfast and rush to work? Do you reach for sugar or caffeine for a quick energy boost, only to feel the crash later? Try stepping outside to eat your lunch in the park instead of at your desk; it gives your eyes a rest from the computer screen and can lift your mood for the afternoon.
  4. 4. 2.SCHEDULE REST Rest is what we need most to refresh our energy, yet it’s often underrated. If you want to feel more energetic, give rest breaks a higher priority, and don’t feel guilty about it. Take regular breaks during your work day and plan that relaxing holiday.
  5. 5. 3. SLEEP WELL Good-quality sleep gives you energy to take on a new day. A bad night’s sleep can flatten your productivity. If you’re not sleeping well through the night or waking up feeling tired, try skipping the afternoon coffee, avoiding alcohol at night, and getting to bed at the same time each night – early enough to get eight hours of sleep. If your mind won’t shut down, try writing down your thoughts earlier in the evening. You can clear your head for sleep and come back to your list in the morning.
  6. 6. 4.GET MINDFULMindfulness training can decrease stress and improve performance and wellbeing. Mindfulness can be as simple as paying attention, being aware, engaged and on task. Giving something your full attention helps conserve a significant amount of energy so you can refuel and refresh for a new day.
  7. 7. 5. DON’T WORRY You can waste mental, emotional and physical energy by worrying over things that haven’t happened, and ruminating over past events. When you do this often enough, you not only feel stressed and anxious but you are more tired at the end of the day. Mindfulness meditation and cognitive behaviour therapy are both effective ways to learn to worry less.
  8. 8. 6. BREATHE DEEP Breathing deeply into your belly provides a natural energy boost that’s quick and free. Shallow breathing drains energy from our system. A daily practice of slow abdominal breathing, also called diaphragmatic breathing, will trigger the body’s relaxation response. Slow abdominal breathing can be done anywhere, even at your desk. Lie down, or sit comfortably, with your hands on your belly. Breathe in and out deeply and let the belly move up and down with the breath. Practise for at least two to 10 minutes daily. Slot it into your workday between projects, when you need an energy boost or to calm yourself.
  9. 9. 7.PRIORITISE SELF-CARECaring for others is honourable, but caring too much can send you into compassion fatigue. Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, then you won’t be able to take care of others. Becoming more aware of the energy drains in your life, and how best to replenish your energy, can make you better at looking after others and, ultimately, lead to a more productive you.
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