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How to combat fatigue at the workplace

Fatigue or being low on energy all the time could be a medical problem. However, if it’s not, then it’s all about using more energy than you have. Sounds sheer common sense? Yes, but when has it been commonly used? Therefore, here are life hacks to fix fatigue at the workplace to maximise productivity and help you bridge the demand and supply gap in energy levels.

Watch your diet

What you eat is who you are. Therefore, avoid food rich in carbs because that’s usually the reason for low energy. If you are able to balance your diet or stick to whole foods and avoid processed food, you could have all the energy you need at work and outside. This is usually plain common sense, but it depends on the individual requirements and energy usage. Therefore, you have to find the sweet spot that works for you and replenish your energy reserves to balance the energy deficit in your body.

Water, water, nowhere

Sometimes, all you need is just some water to combat the low levels of energy. Therefore, hydrate yourself well if you feel low on energy and you should be good to go. And remember, to take water in sips and avoid gulping it down. That’s not the way to quench your thirst. It should be slow and steady.

Breathe well, meditate

When you are stressed, the first casualty is usually the lungs. They receive less energy and your mood goes for a toss as you experience shortness of breath and feel tired. That’s when you should go for this easy-to-use hack that works like magic. Just take a few long breaths and you should be okay. Deep breathing is the best way to combat stress and tackle fatigue and the feeling of tiredness. Similarly, some mindfulness exercises and meditation will work well. By this we mean, eating food without thinking of anything else. Taking a Pomodoro break every five minutes for every half an hour or one hour. Closing your eyes and listening to soothing instrumental tunes. Or anything else that immediately destresses you. Take care of your stress and energy levels and you can take care of your professional and personal life.

Step out for a breath of fresh air

Simple hacks have far better ways to relieve you of stress, fatigue and low energy levels. Just step out of your office and take a walk around the city block or around your workspace building. Just a slow walk works wonders. And if there’s a park, step inside the green environs and breathe fresh air. Even if you are just sitting on the park bench and not really walking around, it will do you enough good to replenish your energy levels and bring excitement into your life. Spending time with nature has known health benefits, the biggest of them being the ability to boost your immunity levels.

And finally…

Most modern-day practices are impacting our health, mood swings and stress levels. If we closely watch what we do, we should pinpoint the exact reasons why we are low on energy. The moment you realise who or what they are, you can either prioritise your daily to-do list and weed out the unnecessary and energy-draining activities or just take an afternoon nap of just 5-10 minutes. Just put your head on your work desk and lie down without any interruption and you should be sufficiently recharged for the next four hours. Once you investigate your current practices, you will realise that a sound approach is one where we modify the way we work and live. And that just takes a little of bit of common sense. However, for that to happen, you need some ‘me-time’, which is something only a walk in the lap of nature will give you. Therefore, it’s time to shut your mind out to the outside and look within. Picture yourself at the happiest moment in your life or a place you want to be in the hills, by the river or a cosy cottage. It works like magic.

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How to get the next contract job after losing one

Company restructuring, business failures, cost cutting and performance issues are some of the reasons that result in job losses. Once you are asked to stop coming to work, you realise that you also lose your daily routine and a steady salary, making you a nervous wreck. However, instead of sorting out the issue at hand, you end up wallowing in pity, watching TV ad infinitum and sinning on sweets and ice creams like there is no tomorrow. Follow these tips and you should never become a homebody again, at least not for months at a stretch.

 

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SHARE YOUR SORROW

Many of us are so ashamed of the job loss, no matter the reason, that we forget to share it with people we meet. That is the biggest mistake. If you assess your previous jobs, you realize that perhaps the workplace was not really a good fit for you, or you were not given what you were capable of. And this job loss was a blessing in disguise. This should be your line of thinking as it cuts through to the core of the problem: your strengths and how the next company can benefit from your skills. Once you have this figured out, sharing your plight becomes that much easier. Instead of bitching about the sad state of affairs in your company, you could tell anyone who bothered to ask about your job status that you lost your job, and now you want to do something in a particular arena to go up the ladder. This usually gets you the assistance you really need rather than just someone sharing their handkerchiefs or paper towels at the dinner party. This sharing should happen with the other friends who have lost their jobs too. If it’s a company restructuring, usually there are many more people who lose their jobs. In such circumstances, all of you can weep on each other’s shoulders and formulate a strategy to survive this one. Care and share, as it always works.

 

DON’T SPLURGE

Saving is earning, and this becomes more pertinent when you have no monthly retainer to turn to. Cut down on eating out, entertainment, unnecessary shopping, dial down your internet and cable TV plans, and perhaps even cancel your Netflix subscription to prevent yourself from binge-watching. Instead, cook like you’ve never cooked before. Go for a walk in the neighborhood park instead of using a personal trainer and be happy with your current smartphone instead of going for the latest and greatest. In addition to substantial savings, what this actually does is inconvenience you to such an extent that it will goad you to get a job now instead of wallowing in pity and feeling hopeless.

 

UPSKILL YOURSELF

If you look at it the other way around, job losses have their merits. For one, you can take a break and have some me-time which you never did for all those years you were married to your job. Just make sure you don’t overdo your vacations or resting time. Once you’ve tuned in to reality after the much-required break, what do you do? Look around to do what you have always loved to do but couldn’t for want of time. It could be a course you needed to take to upskill yourself. This will not only get you into the groove but also put you in the learning state of mind where anything becomes possible.

 

RATIONALISE YOUR LOSS

You cannot escape from the inevitable question of why you lost your job. Here is where you need to view at the query objectively and answer it sincerely. However, try to be positive in whatever you have to say, because just passing the buck will not be appreciated by anybody. And you should never burn your bridges by antagonizing your previous company. You never know how they could help you later in life. Once you have your answer figured out, ensure that it’s a professional and not an emotional response. Your recruiter will appreciate you for your rank honesty and straight from the heart talk. If you are feeling pessimistic or queasy about this question, think about answering this question: What positive lessons have your learnt from your previous job and what can you do better in your next job. If you can answer this thoughtfully and sincerely, you might excel at your next job interview. Good luck.