6 Tips to Boost Your Brainpower at Work

Easy ways to get the most out of your brain… and your day.


4. Power Nap

A short nap of about 15 to 30 minutes is most effective to improve mental performance. Not only does it allow your body to pay any sleep debt and help you feel more rested, it also reverses the information overload in your brain and strengthens the connection of neurons involved in muscle memory – making your brain work faster and more accurate. For a normal 8-hour day shift, workers in nap-friendly offices usually take power naps during their midday breaks. If napping is not allowed in the work setting, you can do it inside your car. If you are not that fond of napping, take a moment of silence. Close your eyes and meditate. This will clear your mind and maybe even train your body to nap. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, check out these 10 hacks to help you get better sleep.

6 Tips to Boost Your Brainpower at Work

The “Napping Energy Pod”: I want one!!

5. Laugh Break

6 Tips to Boost Your Brainpower at WorkLoosen up. Take time to laugh by chatting with co-workers (who are also taking a break, of course) or watch a couple of entertaining videos on YouTube. It’s the act of laughing –or even the anticipation of a good laugh– that counteracts stress and poor mind functioning by decreasing the stress chemicals cortisol and epinephrine. Not only does laughing invigorate your spirit, it is also good for the heart. Laughing keeps you safe from vasoconstriction (the narrowing of the blood vessels), because your blood vessels expand when you are having a happy moment or watching funny scenes.

6. Stretching

There are simple stretching exercises you can do at your desk to ease back pain, relieve nervous tension, relax stressed muscles, and boost energy. Many of these can be done effortlessly at your desk – sitting and standing without using the hands for support, inhaling deeply and shrugging your shoulders, or shaking your head slowly. You can also stretch as you walk towards a nearby coworker’s table instead of chatting with her on the internet. Instead of eating at your desk, it is best if you walk to a nearby eating place to get some blood flow.

Or, if you have the privilege to bring work to the comfort of your home, you can actually take some moments to dance! Dancing helps stimulate the mind – from coordination to organization, to planning and judgment. How cool is that??

What do you do to keep yourself motivated throughout the day?

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Reader Discussion: 96 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Gonzalez

    I look forward to payday!!! ? ???

  2. Rosalia Russell

    Funny how a great post like this appears on my feed when I most need it!

  3. Alice Ford

    Nice read. I wish you’d write an article about “motivation” in general… please?!

  4. Zoraida Martin

    I do some breathing exercises at least after two hours of staying on my desk.

    • Francis Lockwood

      Why are you staying at your desk for more two consecutive hours in the first place? You need to take a break every two hours as mandated by the labor law.

  5. Maxine Ford

    I read motivational quotes! And I love your Facebook page because you always offer encouraging words!

  6. Esther Devine

    Break tasks into manageable pieces!

  7. Joan Morales

    I eat sweets and peanuts…

  8. Brittany West

    I bribe myself… LOL Reward system works 😉

  9. Maddi Lemmon

    I look at myself in the mirror and say, “you’re fine and you’re doing great at work!!!”

  10. These are simple tips BUT CAN YIELD GREAT RESULTS! Thanks much!

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