This post was written by a contributing writer
If you have an office job, or any job that you need to work long hours for, it can be easy to get stuck in a mental rut. Go to work, do your job, go home, and sit on the sofa watching TV until it’s time to go to sleep. This can be comfortable, but you might find yourself asking the question ‘is this really what life is about?’ or ‘Why do I always feel so exhausted after the office? I have barely done any physical movement!’
Believe it or not, this is actually the problem. Well, it’s one of problems. When you’re tired while working, you become less capable of doing your job and climbing the corporate ladder. Every day will be an obstacle instead of a challenge to overcome. Many people live their entire lives this way and never question why getting up in the morning is so difficult.
There are ways around this. Think about it, we used to be hunting and gathering animals, constantly on the move, building shelters, chasing animals, looking after our young. We are physically adapted to a difficult existence. The funny part of this is it might feel difficult, but it also feels ‘correct’.
Our physiology has mechanisms to let us know when we’re living in the way we’re set up to and these ancient reward systems are neglected at our peril. There are also modern inventions that can keep us active and alert, cognitively functioning at our very peak.
These are just a few of those methods:
Staying active outside of office hours will help you stay energetic and willing to combat challenges during your work life. It will also help with your self-esteek. That is important when you deal with situations like feeling like you’re not getting the respect from a colleague you feel you deserve. Your employer may also notice the refreshing rejuvenation that has occurred within you as a consequence of you paying attention to your health. Weightlift, do cardio, do yoga, no matter what it is, all of these can help you.
Meditation keeps you present in your surroundings and allows you to ‘overtake’ your negative thought habits. This can do wonders for your self-esteem because the thoughts that usually plague you that you’re insufficient or not good enough are reduced heavily. You’ll be more in contact with yourself emotionally, much more stable, and much more disciplined as a result.
Drinking coffee can help you get to work and stay focused when it’s crunch time. This is a good option so long as you choose fresh roasted coffee over the cheap instant variety. This can give you a feeling of concentration and will help you feel less tired if you’ve struggled to get a full night of sleep. You’ll also help yourself cardiovascularly because coffee has been proven to help prevent heart disease and other general toxin build up. Caffeine is the one drug you needn’t feel guilty about ingesting, as long as you don’t overdo it.
Be sure to eat right, get in nature, progress with passion in a hobby, and socialize to a degree that’s achievable for you. You'll be sure to feel a rejuvenation in your spirit and mentality, which can then be applied to your work life.
*This post is not meant to give medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting a new diet/exercise plan.