Steven’s note: The original post is from a great site called Zen Habits and is edited by Leo Babauta. This is a guest post from Greg Go, co-author of Wise Bread’s new book, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget.
If you’re tired all the time, a change in what you eat (diet) or
what you do all day (activity pattern) may be all you need to turn
things around 180°.
You won’t be able to do everything on this list all the time — you’d
tire yourself out trying to get more energy — but do try them all to
see which ones work for you and your schedule. Add a few of these tips
to your regular routine. Or mix them up to keep things interesting.
1. Change your socks for refreshment.
It’s an amazing trick. Bring a change of socks to work, and change
your socks midway through the day (say, after lunch). You’ll be amazed
at how much fresher you’ll feel. This trick is especially handy on days
with lots of walking — like during a hike or family outing to the
2. Rock out loud.
Whether you work alone or in a room with coworkers, a quick one-song
rock out loud session is an effective way to beat back exhaustion.
In a cube farm? Get everyone to sing along! The key is to choose a song that everyone can sing along with. (I like Kokomo.)
The energy boosting effect comes from bobbing your head and singing out
loud. One song, 3 minutes. That’s a quick boost of adrenaline that
lasts for a bit. You’ll be singing to yourself the rest of the never
ending project delivery night.
3. Get rid of the stuffy nose.
If allergies have your sinuses blocked, you may be feeling more
tired and cranky. An over-the-counter allergy medication should clear
up your sinuses (and your mind).
4. Work with your body’s clock.
There is a natural ebb and flow of energy throughout the day. We
start off sluggish after waking up, even after a solid 8 hours of
sleep. Our energy peaks mid-morning, and it’s natural to want a siesta
in the afternoon. We get a second spike of energy in the early evening,
followed by our lowest energy point just before bedtime. Once you
understand this natural rhythm of energy throughout the day, you can
work on the important tasks during your peak hours and avoid early
afternoon snoozefests (meetings).
5. Have a piece of chocolate.
Not too much, but if you’re going to have some candy, it might as
well be chocolate. We get an endorphin buzz from chocolate (not to
mention the energy boost from the slight bit of caffeine chocolate
contains). Dark chocolate has more caffeine than milk chocolate.
6. Have an afternoon power snack.
A small healthy snack
that is low in sugar and has protein and/or fiber a couple hours after
lunch helps you finish off the day strong. Some suggestions:
- mixed nuts
- nonfat yogurt
- apple and peanut butter
- frozen berrie smoothie
- trail mix
- granola bar
7. Hit up the water cooler for inconsequential banter.
A little midday gossip and random banter is a great pick-me-up for
your tired mind. It works because it gets your mind on zero-stress
thoughts for a while. The mental break for just a few minutes will