Recently, many of us have found ourselves unexpectedly joining the ranks of remote workers. And while telecommuting certainly has its advantages, before long, the fatigue, cabin fever and isolation can begin taking their toll.
But working from home doesn’t have to be a drag.
Here are five strategies scientifically proven to wake up your mind and optimize your body for maximum productivity, no matter where you spend your working hours.
Tip #1—Get Enough Sleep
It’s common knowledge that doctors recommend 7–8 hours of sleep every night for adequate rest. Especially when working from home, setting a regular bedtime schedule is crucial because chronic sleep deprivation leads to chronic fatigue, depression, and other serious health risks.
If getting to bed on time is a struggle for you, consider a shift in perspective. According to the National Sleep Foundation of America, an estimated 90% of Americans think that their day starts with waking up—not with their sleep the night before. This probably explains why 60% of Americans don’t factor in their amount of sleep when planning out the next day.
So give yourself a great start every morning by getting to bed at a regular hour every night.
Tip #2—Eat Rejuvenating Foods
It’s so easy to resort to sugary, quick snacks as you’re working from home, especially when the kitchen is next door. But eating the wrong foods is a fast track to draining your energy.
There’s plenty of research to show that eating protein-rich breakfasts every day is a recipe for sustained energy and better health overall. And healthy snacks that fill you up are a must. WebMD recommends these healthy snacks filled with satisfying fiber and protein:
- Bean dip with veggies
- Nonfat Greek yogurt
- Low-fat string cheese
- Fresh fruit
- In-shell pistachios
Tip #3—Get Blood Flowing with Exercise
A 2008 study found that regular exercise is a fantastic way to fight chronic low energy and fatigue. Participants did low-intensity or moderate-intensity exercise three times per week over the course of six weeks and experienced a significant lift in energy levels and reduction in fatigue. In fact, the low-intensity exercise provided the biggest energy benefits.
If your local gym hasn’t returned to its regular hours, there are still plenty of exercise options. You could work out to a YouTube exercise video, go on a nature hike, jog around the neighborhood, or even have a dance party in your living room. Pick your favorite option and get moving.
Tip #4—Do Your Best to Sit Less
It’s no secret that our society encourages people to stay sitting for WAY too many hours at a time. What might surprise you is that the habit of sitting for 8 hours or longer every day might actually pose life-threatening health risks.
According to the Mayo Clinic, research has found links between sitting for long periods of time and all kinds of health concerns, including obesity, increased blood pressure, increased risk for cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome. And an analysis of 13 studies involving more than 1 million people found that you need 60–75 minutes of moderately intense exercise daily to erase the negative effects of sitting 8–10 hours a day. Wow.
The good news is that there are some easy recommendations from the Mayo Clinic on how to sit less, be healthier, and keep your energy levels high:
- Get up and move around every 30 minutes.
- Stand while watching TV or taking a phone call.
- Have walking meetings with your colleagues. This also works for Zoom calls!
- Put your desk over a treadmill so you can walk while you work.
Tip #5—Drink Water and Try Nootropics
There’s ample research that keeping yourself well hydrated is a great way to maintain your energy throughout the day, but did you know you can multiply those benefits by enhancing your water with nootropics?
Nootropics are a specific type of supplement that improves cognitive function, memory, and energy in healthy individuals.* They include amino acids like l-theanine and herbs like bacopa monnieri and ginkgo leaf. Most nootropic products offer 2 or 3 different nootropic ingredients, but Modere GO packs an incredible EIGHT nootropics in a revolutionary formula that’s earned the coveted Informed Sport certification.
Modere GO takes a holistic bio-hacking approach to brain health by providing natural caffeine from green tea, 24 powerful support ingredients and 8 brain-boosting nootropics, all working together to help you maintain peak performance any time of day. Add this fast-dissolving powder to 8–12 ounces of cold water for a super-boost of clean energy, improved alertness, greater focus and enhanced cognitive function to achieve so much more when you’re working from home.*
And the best part? You’ll enjoy all these benefits without any synthetic caffeine, sugar, artificial flavors or crash. Plus, it’s available in three refreshing flavors: fruit punch, açai pomegranate or orange citrus. Your afternoon slump in your home office has truly met its match.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.