Back to Work & Studies: Mental Alertness

With work spaces welcoming back employees, and schools gradually reopening its doors, one must now question one’s state-of-mind, after having to function remotely for months. 

Let’s talk mental alertness.

Our mental alertness is crucial in having us function to the fullest potentialOver the past months, the last year, more like it, working or studying from home became a norm. Some performed well, while others simply regressedsinking into that rabbit hole. 

As students, and working adults gradually return to the new normal (with SOPs in place, that is), here are some simple approaches to increasing mental alertness. 

 

 

Regular Exercises 

Exercising releases endorphins that trigger a positive effect on the mind and bodyA brisk walk or quick run in the morning before work can do wonders. Well, if that is not your type of exercise, then try meditation or yogaYou will be more energisedindirectly boosting your mood, and memory. In between the day, if you start feeling sluggish from prolonged sitting, then stand, stretch, or take a short walk around. 

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils 

Sniffing essential oils can stimulate your senses and kickstart cognition. Applying them directly to your skin is not advised though, as it can be rather potent. You may want to try bergamot (energising effect), cinnamon (boosts energy), eucalyptus (stimulates the brain and improves energy), or even lavender (for that calming and relaxed effect). 

 

 

Puzzles & Games 

Instead of just idling time away, why not invest in some activity books with crossword puzzles, sudoku, brain teasers, and the like. These help mental alertness tremendously, keeping our mind active throughout. Challenging your brain every now and then will help keep the mind sharp. 

 

 

 

 

Food & Water 

Keeping one’s self hydrated and fed is also key when it comes to nourishment of mind and body. Just make sure to load up on healthy snacks and water, instead of junk food and carbonated drinks. Do try to minimize caffein, and alcohol in your diet too.  

 

 

 

Adequate Sleep 

Make sure you have enough rest at the end of the day. Resting well enables your mind and body to recharge. Enough sleep also is said to boost memory power, keeping you alert and attentive. Although the amount of sleep needed by an individual varies from one to another, you can go by the recommended 8-hour. And if you feel the need for a power nap mid-day, take some time-off to recharge. 

 

 

With all these tips given above, here’s hoping you are fully recharged when it’s time to head back to work, or face-toface learning.