July 30, 2011

How to remain alert without caffeine

Every office worker faces the challenge of staying awake both during those slow days and when the stress keeps piling on like there's no tomorrow. The world's favorite go-to office stimulant is a cup of joe, and these days it's easy to get your coffee fix. These days, it’s easy to get a cup of coffee. There’s a Starbucks on almost every corner and if there isn’t, there’s 7-Eleven or Mini Stop. But for those who don’t drink coffee, staying awake at the workplace can be a bigger challenge.
Here’s EYP’s list of coffee alternatives to keep you awake all day.

1. Ice Cold Water
Drink cold water. The cold will help you stay awake plus, dehydration can make you feel tired. Drinking lots of water will also make you go the bathroom – giving you a necessary break from the computer or book.

If drinking water isn’t your thing, you can also splash it on your face and pulse areas. This will not only waken you up, but also refresh you.

2. Energy Drinks
Another drink option is energy drinks. Energy drinks have varying levels of caffeine along with other stimulating substances like vitamin B and ginseng.
(Find a nearby convenience store.)

3. Eat Some Food
Sitting at the office all day can make you forget the need to stay nourished. Sometimes the solution is as simple as getting some food delivered. Changing your diet can drastically improve your energy levels. Space your meals evenly throughout the day to keep a constant stream of glucose flowing in your veins. Adding more iron to your diet is one way. Iron deficiency can cause fatigue and iron can easily be found in tofu, liver, and oatmeal. On the other hand, you can reduce the meat in your diet because meat requires more energy to digest. If you want a reliable source of steady energy, eat complex carbohydrates like whole-wheat grains, pasta, potatoes and every Filipino’s favorite, rice. If you need something to immediately boost your sugar levels, eat fruit.
(Don't go hungry! Have some food delivered.)

4. Frequent Breaks
Eye strain can also be another cause for drowsiness and sitting in the same period for a long period of time can cause fatigue. Taking frequent breaks should help that. These breaks can be getting yourself a glass of water or going to the bathroom. Not allowed to leave your desk? Exercise at your desk then. Simply stretch your head, arms, legs, and body. Chewing gum can also create enough movement to help stay awake.

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