5 ways to power through energy troughs at work

Have you ever had one of those mornings where, exhausted, you roll out of bed before the sun comes up, only to see something that makes you want to run all the way back home at the beginning of an hours-long commute?

Here’s how you can power through when you’re not in the most cheerful or energized mood when you get to work.

Keep it moving – literally

Get up, get up, get up!

Before your energy escapes you during your daily crash at noon, do something about it. Go for a walk well before you actually feel waves of sluggishness clouding your head.

Change your surroundings if you feel a fog coming on — take a brisk walk outside, to the water cooler in the pantry or to a far-flung part of the office. There’s no need to live in a fog.

Stay ahead of your hunger

The same goes for food at work — eat before you’re super hungry.

Whether you’re possibly vitamin- or mineral-deficient (see a medical professional) or just have trouble managing your energy because your food choices backfire, eat things that will give you energy without a drastic crash.

Load up on healthy snacks, eat on time, and consistently hydrate with water.

Need some ideas and/or inspiration? While we’re on this subject, here’s how celebrities eat to manage their energy.

Listen up

Put on your earphones and turn the volume up a little bit: Tune into a podcast or an audio book if you’re able to follow along with a story while you work.

If paying attention to a chain of events doesn’t work for you, listen to music that helps your thought process and sparks creativity.

Lighten up and enjoy others’ company…

If you’re not in the best of moods when you come in, take a deep breath and give yourself permission to have a different type of day.

When people are nice to you, be nice back.

…but also recognize when you need some space

That being said, you don’t need to give all your time away. If you can, work in a conference room or dining area if you just need some time to yourself. (And give your toxic coworker some space — you have other things on your plate.)

So get ahead of your day — don’t let it get ahead of you.