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The Exhaustion Cure
by Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro

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Even if you start out the day with plenty of fuel, you may eventually feel that energy slipping away. You can be zipping along just fine, then -- BOOM! -- you hit what sports enthusiasts call "the wall."

How well you handle your energy budget will determine whether you break through the wall and move on to the rest of your day, or just bounce off and slog through the mental mud.

Try these tips to stay on the straight and energetic narrow.

1. Stand instead of sit. You're not designed to sit for hours on end. Work regular physical movement into your work day, especially if most of your work is conducted at a desk. At the very least, stand up and stretch occasionally.

2. Give yourself a break. Failing to take breaks can affect your short-term energy and long-term health. Take a few minutes off from the grind occasionally so your body can restore your strength and energy.

3. Walk around on your breaks. Instead of drinking coffee and reading the paper while on break, walk around a bit. This lets your body process glucose better, giving you a burst of energy that'll kick in about the time you get back to work.

4. Try creative desk energy renewal strategies. Jobs requiring an intense focus can be intensely draining. Take an occasional break and ...    Continue

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@ 11:11am ET on May 27, 2008 THanks for letting us in on some secrets. I am such a sloucher!

Kristi
@ 12:13pm ET on May 27, 2008 Thanks for the great tips! I have a really bad computer chair and I'm a sloucher too! I see that I need to make some changes.
@ 10:41am ET on May 28, 2008 Yeah I always slouch too....I just corrected myself to type this ;)
@ 10:36pm ET on May 28, 2008 I'm currently applying some of the items mentioned in your posting. I will look for the opportunities to implement the others. Thanks for the info. :)

Sandy
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