How do you re-energize when feeling dog-tired?

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Trish Skram
August 31, 2011

Tired, zonked, drained. All great words to describe how we feel from time-to-time while at work, home or just doing every day things. Truth is, we all feel drained at times ... even if we have a great work/life balance. Feeling tired, especially at work, can be a heavy on your lifeóit drags your workload down, lowers productivity and strengthens stress levels. If youíre a highly active person like me, itís the worse feeling. However, over the years of living and breathing my profession, Iíve discovered a few great things you can do to get the energy back, quickly (trust me, these work.) Do remember though, folks, sometimes you just need some rest. Be sure to be mindful of when your body needs sleep and relaxation.

5 quick things you can do to re-energize:

Knock out distractions

Again, this is always good adviceóbut when youíre tired, it has triple affects. Stay out of your email, donít log into Facebook and donít keep taking breaks from the task at hand. Itís so easy to get distracted when youíre not focusing well and it only makes it harder to concentrate. Social media can be a BIG distraction. So is television. Try to stay away from ďjust checking FacebookĒ and spending the next hour looking at your cousinís holiday pics. Weíre all guilty of this while at work. So every time your attention wanders, direct it straight back to what youíre supposed to be working on.


If youíre feeling sleepy, the worst thing to do is to sit down somewhere warm and comfyóyouíll almost certainly nod off. Instead, make sure you move around frequently. Get up and stretch, go for a brisk walk and get your body moving. This is a good idea if you get that mid-afternoon slump: walking around will shake it off.

Take a Shower (or freshen up)

Getting into a shower will really wake you up when youíre feeling sluggish. If youíre struggling to even get out of bed, head straight for the shower: as soon as youíre under that running water, youíll feel considerably awake. If you work from home, a mid-afternoon shower can be a great pick-me-up when youíre tired. If youíre in an office, splashing your face with cold water, or freshening up your makeup can be a good refreshing alternative.

Do the easier stuff

If youíre feeling really tired but you still need to get a project done, try doing more routine tasks: things like replying to emails, filing documents, organizing your desk, market research and so on. Often, your energy will naturally pick back up while you work.

But, please, try to stay away from the Red Bull drinks. Yikes.

Chat with others.

Pick up your cell phone and call a friend or go next door and make small talk with a co-worker. Some of you may consider this tip a distraction, I tend to think itís a great way to boost creative thinking. If youíre like me, you like to collaborate on a daily basis.

So, what works for you? We all have our remedies. Please share below.

This post originally published on my personal blog at TrishSkram.com

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