Top Tips for Feeling Energized All Day (Especially While Working from Home)
This guest blog post was curated for Bucky by Kacey Bradley.
Working from home can feel like a luxury a lot of the time. Having the ability and freedom to dress down, cut commute time, and get things done is a dream come true most days. When I first began my WFH journey, I noticed that it was easy to slip into a more relaxed state during my workdays, especially when faced with the occasional rainy day. I'd feel the urge to curl up and get cozy a bit too early.
Luckily, I've devised a routine centered on keeping my energy levels high so I can maximize my productivity while I telecommute. I believe that with the right amount of care and intention, home can be one of the best work environments out there.
Since there's no literal water cooler to hang around, keeping hydrated is entirely on me. Water is important, as even slight dehydration can alter energy levels, moods, and thought clarity. I keep a tall glass of water by me as I work, and periodically refill it throughout the day.
Keep a Clean House
Having a clean and organized workspace and environment makes me feel energized and productive. When I start my workday, I want to feel refreshed and in harmony with my surroundings. Simple things like clean windows, a clutter-free desk, and a made bed each morning make me feel put-together and ready to tackle my workload.
Get Adequate Sleep
Spending more time at home can disrupt routines and affect our sleep. Poorer sleep means poorer work, which is why it is important we protect our sleep while we work from home to avoid really damaging our focus and schedule. Sleep literally promotes overall healing and protects our body and brain. For adults, getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a day is crucial now more than ever. That means making sleep a priority, day in and day out.
Take Necessary Breaks
While it might be tempting to power through a whole workday in one sitting, this can cause fatigue and burnout. People need breaks, especially for things like movement, food, and water. Taking even small, five-minute time-outs in my day to move around, do yoga or get a drink is a simple yet revolutionary element in keeping my energy levels up throughout the day.
In addition to drinking water throughout my day, I start every morning with a cup of green tea. The caffeine content isn't as high as coffee, and I find it's a healthier way to give me a slight boost without dooming me to a mid-afternoon crash. Green tea can improve brain function and increase energy. If you want to avoid caffeine, there are plenty of decaffeinated teas out there. Even just the ritual of making tea in the morning is a part of getting me in the mood to work and putting some extra pep in my step.
Move Throughout the Day
It's important that when I take my little breaks — as well as before and after I start my workday — I build in moments for active movement. Exercise can improve several body and mind functions by releasing endorphins that boost your mood and energy levels. Even if all I do is take a walk or perform some stretches, I find it rejuvenates me and makes my return to my work much easier.
Feeling Energized and Efficient While Working From Home
Keeping energized all day has become a matter of routine for me. Once I got in the groove, there was no stopping me. Which habits do you plan to try to keep your energy soaring?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!
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