One of the easiest ways to improve your focus is to drink water. Even the slightest amount of dehydration has shown to have unfavorable effects to performance by reducing reaction times and alertness.
Studies conducted have revealed that mild dehydration results in spells of bad moods, and increased levels of anxiety, tension and fatigue.(1)
The key point to note, in these studies, is that the participants were only mildly dehydrated. Mild dehydration can happen to anyone over the course of the day and, since it is not a known issue, many tend to not realise its impact on their mood and productivity levels.
Green tea helps relieve stress levels (P2) Image credits: Martin Phox
Go green with your tea
Another great beverage that help you relax at work is green tea. It is not only known for weight loss but it is also rich in flavonoids and an amino acid called L-theanine.(2) These compounds have anti-anxiety effects. It does this by boosting dopamine which reduces stress levels and enhances productivity.
A study conducted, tested the effectiveness of these Flavonoids in healthy men and assessed their stress reactivity after six weeks. The study found a quicker decline in Cortisol, the stress hormone of the body, after a moderate mental stress task in the tested tea group. (3)
Breathtaking views help keep calm (P3)
Enjoy a view
Taking a break to enjoy a view is rarely done intentionally, though you do notice its effects on your mood. That is, if you don’t let the heat and humidity dampen your spirit. Besides being aesthetically pleasing it helps reduces eye stress by making your eyes focus on a distance. This helps improve mood and induce a state of calmness.
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Lavender oil reduces stress indicators like fatigue (P4)
The power of smell on our moods and stress levels has been investigated in high stress jobs like nursing with positive outcomes.
For one study,(4) nurses were tested with a small vial of lavender oil pinned to their chest. And stress indicators like fatigue, insomnia, anxiousness,restlessness, anger, and work-related errors were assessed.
The study showed that the number of complaints the nurses had halved over four days compared to a control group who pinned an odorless vial to their chests. An indication of the powerful effect aromas have on our stress levels.
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