We’ve all been there…the mid-morning/afternoon slump that makes getting work done nearly impossible. Some people call it caffeine withdrawals, while others blame it on a bad case of the Mondays (although it seems to happen every day.) So what do we have to blame for that strange feeling of disorientation or when we simply just can’t focus?
Lack of stimulation.
You’d be surprised how much the human body is affected by the things we eat and drink every day. Now when you’re working in an advertising agency, the tasks are constant and plentiful.
So it’s easy to feel drained after a short period of time and let’s be honest, eating a well balanced diet full of fruits, veggies and healthy fats is easier said than done. For some reason, caffeinated beverages and sugary snacks seem to be the first thing we grab for when we’re feeling like a zombie.
Well it just so happens that substances, like caffeine, can energize your body and help you concentrate. You can find it in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and also comes in pill form. If you need a quick pick me up caffeine will definitely give you a buzz, though the effects are short-term. Just be mindful of your intake, too much caffeine can cause jitters, irritability and potentially make you run to the bathroom every 20 minutes (gotta love that diuretic effect!)
Another thing you may or may not know is that sugar is your brain’s preferred fuel source. However, I’m not talking about white refined sugar (you know, the one that comes in a big 1kg bag?) I’m referring to glucose, the stuff your body processes from the sugars and carbs you eat. That’s why drinking pop or juice can give you a short-term sugar high, boosting your overall mental ability. Although there are some short term benefits, for the sake of your teeth and stomach, go easy on the refined sugar or eat fruit to satisfy your brain’s craving.
You can also try to add a daily dose of nuts and dark chocolate since they’re great sources of antioxidants and vitamin E. Dark chocolate also has a natural stimulant effect similar to caffeine, which can help you focus. Enjoy in moderation for the benefits you need without excess calories, fat, or sugar. If all of these tips aren’t enough for you, just remember above all else to:
- Get plenty of rest each night to improve mental alertness
- Stay hydrated – aim for 6-8 glasses of water/day
- Exercise to keep your body in good shape
- Meditate to clear thinking and relax
Don’t forget to smile! 🙂