COVID-19 has changed the way we work fundamentally.
Now working from home is the new normal. Commuting to the office is necessary only a few days a week – if at all. Virtual work is dominant and in person meetings rather unusual.
However, it does not mean that a busy and active lifestyle is changing much. Now that personal and professional life are merging more and more, it is even more important to take care of mental and physical health. Where we lines were more clear before, now family, friends, work and private time are mixed together more.
In order to maximise joy and productivity in each of those situations, the more awareness the better. To be fully present is key to a happy private life and a productive professional life.
So, what kind of snacks and drinks can help to be more productive at work?
Whether you are in the office, working from home or crashing a coffee shop (or beach bar for that matter), we recommend 5 types of snacks and drinks that can help with your productivity. What’s better than getting the tasks done quicker, so more time can be spend on the private life?
1. Ashwagandha Tea
Ashwagandha tea may help to increase concentration by sharpening your brain function, lowering stress hormones and improving your ability to focus (Source: Dr. Axe).
Ashwagandha is a medical herb commonly used in traditional medicine in Asia, e.g. Ayurvedic. It’s classified as an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body cope with stress.
Not just does Ashwagandha help to focus, research has shown that ashwagandha may have beneficial effects on athletic performance and may be a worthwhile supplement for athletes. (Source: Healthline)
So, make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the working ride.
2. Fresh Fruits
Many fresh fruits provide you with a great dose of healthy sugars, vitamins and many other micro nutrients (e.g. zinc, potassium, iron).
That combination of micro and macro nutrients gives you the necessary boost of energy. The carbohydrates help to make you feel full longer and to keep the blood flowing. The vitamins are great for your immune system.
Apples, bananas, guavas, oranges are all great snacks to get you through your day.
3. Nut & Energy Bars
Looking for a convenient solution for your on-the-go snack? Bars are great to pack in your bag before work and can be enjoyed any time of the day.
Usually, they are made of nuts and dried fruits that boast of healthy carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. Just make sure you choose products that don’t contain any refined sugars and artificial preservatives. The more natural, the better.
Some brands like Kind Snacks, Lecka and Raw Bite are good options.
4. Dark Chocolate
Yes, indeed, you got this right. Dark chocolate has an abundance of nutrients that contribute to your work performance. The sugar and caffeine in dark chocolate gives you just the right amount of energy to get work done without getting the post-coffee jitters. The magnesium in chocolate also helps relieve stress and anxiety.
Again, watch out to not pick chocolate with high sugar content. Otherwise you will experience a sugar low that actually harms your productivity.
Last, but not least, the source of much life. Staying hydrated throughout the day is key to a healthy brain. The body needs at least 2 liters a day and it can increase mental flexibility by 14%.
Make sure you always have a cup or a bottle of water with you.
With that, happy working!