We all know that physical energy is vital to having a successful day, but how often do we consider our mental energy? When the brain gets tired, we are more apt to forgetfulness, fatigue, irritability, and overall “cloudiness.”

Mental Health

By changing just a few things in your daily life, you can keep your mind energized and clear, so you can be more successful in your day.

Create visual resting spots

Studies show that gazing at pleasing sights can help relax and re-energize your mind. Create spaces in your office that are pleasing to you, whether it be a painting, flowers, or even a photo of your family. This will help to give you a sense of relaxation throughout the day, just by glancing at the area once in a while, which can help revitalize your mind.

Make the small decisions first, and stick to them.

We have all heard the phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff.” It’s actually true. Make the small decisions first, and then let them go. This will help to reserve your mental energy for the more important tasks of your day without being preoccupied.

Automate when you can.

Studies show that using automation to do repetitive daily tasks can help save mental energy. Try doing those follow up calls or accounting tasks at the same time every day, and your body will actually begin to automate itself and use less mental and physical energy.

Hold regular staff meetings.

When employees feel like they are “in the loop,” they are more relaxed and confident, as well as being on the same page. Hold weekly staff meetings to update everyone on the current events of the office. A united team is a successful team, so keeping your team caught up is vital.

De-clutter and decorate your space.

Remove excess papers, pens, and other clutter from desk, and then decorate the space with a few photos or a candy jar. Personalizing your area will help to keep your mind clear and energized, as well as brightening your mood.

Hydrate yourself, and bring a snack.

The No. 1 cause of headaches and midday fatigue is dehydration. Drinking water steadily throughout the day helps the body stay energized without the crash of coffee or energy drinks, which can leave both your body and mind feeling drained. Along with steady water intake, keep a healthy snack handy. “Eat protein to increase mental alertness and energy,” says Debra Hollon, M.S., R.D., a clinical nutritionist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. “Protein contains tyrosine, an amino acid that elevates the brain chemicals dopamine and nor-epinephrine. It increases satiety, too. And when you feel fuller, you’re not apt to overdo the breads and sweets that induce roller coaster highs and lows. Use the chart below to choose your snacks and meals based on the area you are lacking.

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Simple changes in your daily life can make major differences in your day and experiences. Keeping your mind healthy and energized is the first step to making responsible and productive decisions to help keep you successful.