When the pressure’s on and it seems everyone at work is running around like a headless chicken panicking, it can be hard to stay focused and keep your brain sharp enough to be truly effective. Try our quick brain boosters to clear the clouds of chaos and give you back your edge:
Have A Drink
No, not that kind! Grab a glass of nice cool water and sip it (don’t gulp, it doesn’t absorb as well). Dehydration can play havoc with your cognitive abilities and it’s usually when we’re busiest that we forget to drink enough.
Go For A Walk
You don’t need to do an hour’s hike, just a 5 minute turn around the block. Taking long, slow, deep breaths of fresh air will leave your feeling calmer and reinvigorated for the challenges ahead.
Stretch It Out
Do some stretches or basic yoga moves for a couple of minutes. Make sure you hold your poses and don’t rush through them. You’ll feel instantly relaxed and refreshed.
Eat Brain Food
A small, healthy snack can give you a natural lift and if it features brain-boosting ingredients such as olive oil, coconut oil, blueberries or walnuts you’ll be giving your body the building blocks for more brain power in the coming days and weeks.
If your particular brand of work crisis has your whole team in a spin, invite someone outside your group to sit with you for 10 minutes and blitz ideas around your issues. The act of stepping away, fused with the fresh perspective of an outsider, can give you back the control you need to face your challenges head-on.