How to Be More Energetic at Work while Being Healthy

You’re getting really tired of feeling sluggish every day at work. It’s decreasing your productivity, and you just feel bad all over. Your coworker suggested that you try an energy drink, but you really feel that those are not good for you. How can you boost your energy while still saying healthy?

A Little Jolt
Drinking cup upon cup of coffee every single day is not good for you. However, remember that moderation is key. Start your day off with one cup of coffee, and grab a second one in the early afternoon if you feel yourself starting to drag. Order it with skim milk and no sugar. If you can stomach it, drink it back.

Get Up
You likely have between 30 to 60 minutes for lunch day, so use that to get in a little bit of exercise. After you have finished your lunch, go for a walk around the block or park. If that isn’t an option, walk to the cafe instead of driving your car there. Even getting up and stretching for five minutes can help you to recharge. Of course, you cannot be pacing back and forth across the office all day long, but there is nothing wrong with going for a stroll to the bathroom or water fountain when nature calls you to do so!

Get More Sleep
Not sleeping enough can be really bad for you, and it’s even been linked to problems such as obesity. Additionally, when you do not get enough sleep, you will have trouble focusing and concentrating. Once in awhile, we all have bad nights of sleep, and you may need a third cup of coffee to get through the day. On a regular basis though, try to aim for between seven and eight hours of sleep per night. When bed time draws near, dim the lights, put on your pajamas and have some quiet time. Even just getting into a bedtime routine will signal your mind that it’s time to go to sleep.

Open Communication
When you are staring at a computer screen for hours on end, your eyes might start to droop. It’s also not healthy for your body or mind to stay in the same position all day long. If there are coworkers nearby with whom you can chat, try to keep a conversation going during certain parts of the day. Once again, you cannot be casually chatting all the day long; however, if there are open pockets of time, there is nothing wrong with exchanging a few words. This is healthy for your body and energy levels, but it’s all good for your soul and mental well being.

When health is your goal, you generally want to make sure that it enters into all aspects of your life. So many people use unhealthy means to keep them awake and functioning that it’s only natural to have fears. However, it’s entirely possible to stay energized at work without succumbing to methods that can damage your body.

Rahm Riggle writes about health, ergonomics & more at