How to Combat Fatigue in the Office
Summary: Fatigue can become common in many office workplaces. Learning what causes it and how to treat it can help you feel energized throughout the day.
Employees in a number of different industries oftentimes find themselves working long hours on a regular basis. Construction workers who do physical labor throughout the day in the sun can understandably feel physically exhausted at the end of the day. Those who work in cool, air-conditioned offices may also feel tired and out of energy after they leave their work. While you might not be doing much physical activity in the office, thinking critically to solve challenging problems can also be demanding and ultimately taxing on the mind. There are steps you can take to regain energy in the workplace and leave the office with energy to spare.
When you are working several hours a day it can be incredibly easy to pick up fast food during your lunch break. Fast food is quick to order, hot, and takes little more than a swipe of a credit card to prepare. Despite the convenience of ordering something quick, the fast food could very well be lacking the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to perform at a high level.
To combat this, consider meal-prepping on the weekends. You can prepare balanced meals with fruits and vegetables that you can simply take out of the refrigerator before you head out, saving you valuable time during the busy workweek and money in the long-term. Drink plenty of water and take supplements for vitamins and minerals you might not get enough of during the day. For example, vitamin D pills can help you get the vitamin D your body is missing out on by not being outside.
If you want to perform at a high level while at the office, you need to take care of your body. Not getting enough sleep can be addressed in the short-term with a hot cup of coffee, but regularly not getting enough sleep can lead to severe fatigue. Make sure you are getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep daily and follow a consistent sleep schedule to get your body and mind accustomed to resting and recharging.