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Does anyone have any good tips for keeping energy up?

Asked by drClaw (4432 points ) July 8th, 2009

Ok, so it is Wednesday and I am running on empty. Over the weekend I came down with a touch of something and while I don’t feel bad enough to stay home and sleep I am still dragging. Yesterday I drank about 3 cups of tea to keep from dozing off, but it wasn’t enough. Today I am facing the same problem and have graduated to energy drinks (sugar free).

I want to know if anyone has tips (non-caffeine related preferably) that they use to keep focused at work when they are tired and feeling less than 100%?

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jonsblond's avatar

It may seem like the last thing you would want to do but exercise always helps me. Take a short walk during your lunch break, even if it’s just for five minutes. It will recharge you and give you that extra boost you need to get through the day.

Dog's avatar

I second @jonsblond – exercise is the only thing that picks me up when I am dragging like that.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Try drugs. Many people are fond of cocaine….

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

regular exercise will help increase general energy.

MrGV's avatar

Vitamin Energy

drClaw's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic I am usually quite energetic. I try and run at least a mile everyday, but this bug I have come down with is just making me very tired and exercise unfortunately isn’t going to fix it.

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Great call… Damn! no one in my office has any blow to share. Oh well.

hearkat's avatar

Good nutrition and adequate hydration (caffeine and alcohol are diuretics), exercise and consistent sleep.

marinelife's avatar

Yes to the exercise.

jonsblond's avatar

@drClaw Hope you feel better soon. Get as much rest as you can and drink lots of fluids!

marinelife's avatar

@drClaw Put more blues on. That always energizes me!

kevbo's avatar

Haven’t tried it, but it’s on my list… Cover your left nostril, breathe in and out through your nose, in on a 4 count, hold 2, and out 4. Do daily and work up to 10 minutes. In a comparative study of left vs right vs alternate nostril breathing (a yoga technique) right nostril breathing 27 cycles 4x per day yielded 37% increase in baseline O2 consumption (vs 24% and 18% for left & alternate). Breathe into your belly, of course.

From The Thyroid Diet.

nebule's avatar

@kevbo I just did it once and went all dizzy… is that a good thing?

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@lynneblundell You probably need to breathe slower if that happens. I’ve used that technique before.

kevbo's avatar

^what he said

nebule's avatar

oh right… I thought it was part of the fun.. lol

prasad's avatar

Yeah, regular daily exercise do boost up energy (stamina too).
Do you eat enough? and drink (water or other healthy drinks)?
Take good sleep to restore your energy.

How long do you work at a stretch? Take rests in between, and light exercise like @jonsblond said.
Laugh frequently, take some time in pleasure, hobbies, entertainment and such activities.

Also, keep yourself mentally fit and happy!
I have read somewhere mental fatigue or flaw can harm physical health

evegrimm's avatar

I’ve found that mint (gum, ‘mints’, tea) helps.

So does laughing, as weird as it sounds.

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