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​How can I Have More Energy At Work?

​How can I have more energy at work?

How to have more energy

Do you ever wake up feeling tired?
Yes

Do you ever run out of energy in the afternoon?
Yes

Do you ever wish that you could have more energy and feel less groggy?
Yes

So do many people.

So the burning question is this: how can you have more energy?

Let us answer this question.

Energy is defined as "the capacity to do work". If you have no energy, you can do nothing. On the other hand, if you have an abundance of energy, then you can do much more, and keep on going strong.

In order to have more energy, you need to take a two pronged approach.

  1. You need to do more of the things that give you energy.
  2. You need to avoid all the things that drain you of energy.

What are the things that give you energy?

Here are the three energy givers.

  1. Good nutrition.
  2. Good sleep habits.
  3. Good exercise habits.

1. Good nutrition

Good nutrition is the heart and soul of energy production. Good nutrition means:

Eating small amounts of high quality foods. Low volume of high quality nutrition. Most people do the exact opposite; they eat high volumes of low quality nutrition.
Good quality nutrition means: Fruit, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, and plenty of water.
You are what you eat.
The amount of energy you have is a direct function of your nutrition.

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2. Good sleep habits

You need to sleep well, if you want to be able to work well. Work and sleep. Work and sleep. The two are complementary pairs. Most people need between 7 and 9 hours good sleep every day. You can miss the odd night but on average you need to sleep in order to recuperate and for your own mental functioning. Sleep is good.

Lack of sleep is no good.

Sleep

3. Exercise habits

It is easy to mistake sluggishness for tiredness, meaning You think you are tired, but you are not, you're sluggish. You're sluggish because you have not moved your body for days. You get up, drive to work, sit at a desk all day, drink coffee, tea and eat biscuits, you drive home and sit watching TV or talking all evening and then go to bed. You did not physically exert yourself all day. Not once did you impose any physical effort on your body. So your blood stagnates, and your blood system begins to be polluted with too many waste products, caffeine, C.O.2 and alcohol. As a result you feel sluggish. Feel terrible and you call it feeling tired.

And sleep won't help this kind of tiredness. The only thing that helps with this kind of tiredness is exercise. You have to move your body. Push it a little. Move the blood and make a demand on your systems. This will flush the muscles with fresh, oxygenated blood and you will feel more energetic after the exercise than you did before it.

It seems counter intuitive to train when you feel sluggish. But it always works because your body is a system that has evolved to be used. And like all things in nature,

You either use it or you lose it.
To him that has; more will be given.
Now let us look at removing the things that steal energy.

This list is the opposite list.

The things that take from your energy are:

  1. Poor nutrition
  2. Drugs
  3. Mental stress

1. Poor nutrition

As noted above, many people eat too much, low quality food. Too much pizza. Too many calories. Too much fat. This will make you feel sluggish; not energetic.

Cut out the rubbish and replace it with fruit.

2. Drugs

Too many people take too many drugs. Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, medications and recreational illegal drugs. All these have a long term, cumulative and negative effects on your energy. Here is a phrase to remember:

Drugs don't make champions.

3. Mental stress

You feel emotions consistent with your thoughts. If you think bad thoughts you feel bad. If you think good thoughts then you feel good. Too many bad, stressful, pessimistic, fear, and worry thoughts can, and sometimes do, burn out your brain circuits.

And this has a negative effect on your energy.
So you should manage your mind.
Distract your mind from your worries, and let your brain have a break.
Then you will come back stronger with more mental energy.

Live long and prosper.

About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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