Boost Energy and Productivity at Work: The Benefits of Drinking Water in the Office
Do you find that by mid-afternoon, all the pep from your morning workday seems to have evaporated, and you’re left feeling sluggish and drained? For many, it’s the cue to shuffle over to the office breakroom for a caffeinated boost, or to dip into our stash of unhealthy snacks to fuel up for a few more hours of tackling projects. Although these tactics will give extra energy for a short while, it’s not a healthy long-term solution. Instead, let’s ask: Why are we feeling this energy drag in the first place? Or better yet, do you remember the last time you had a glass of water?
The effects of hydration on the body and productivity
We know that water is important for wellbeing and health, and yet, when the days get busy it’s easy to forget to drink enough. But if you want to perform your best at work, it’s crucial. Let’s dive into how staying hydrated helps keep you at peak performance.
- Boost Your Brainpower: Did you know that your brain is approximately 75% water? When you’re dehydrated, your cognitive functions can suffer. You might find it challenging to focus, concentrate, or make decisions. By sipping on water throughout the day, you can maintain optimal brain function, keeping you sharp and on top of your game.
- Enhance Productivity: A well-hydrated body is an efficient body. When you’re adequately hydrated, you’ll have more energy and stamina to tackle your tasks and avoid that afternoon energy drain. Working while tired can result in more mistakes that you’ll inevitably have to fix down the line. So, keep a water bottle on your desk and sip it regularly to maintain your productivity levels, and keep those mistakes at bay.
- Promote Overall Health: Staying hydrated isn’t just good for your work performance; it’s vital for your overall health. Water helps transport nutrients, regulate body temperature, and flush out toxins. It also aids in digestion and can help prevent headaches and muscle cramps. By making hydration a priority, you’ll feel better in and out of the office.
- Improve Mood and Reduce Stress: Dehydration can lead to irritability and stress. When you’re well-hydrated, your body can better regulate stress hormones, helping you stay calmer and more collected during hectic workdays. So, sip on that water to keep your mood on the sunny side.
5 Tips to Stay Hydrated at the Office
So now that we understand the great benefits of drinking water, here are 5 tips to help you stay hydrated and productive at work.
1. Visual Reminders:
Keep a water bottle on your desk as a reminder to drink up, and ideally one you really like. The convenience of having it nearby will encourage sips, and act as a visual reminder to stay hydrated. Just like donuts in the break room – if it’s there, you’re more likely to have one. Use this to your advantage! To help encourage staff to hydrate, consider offering branded reusable water bottles as part of an office wellness program. Boost hydration and productivity at the same time.
2. Digital Pings:
Let technology be your hydration assistant. Schedule your calendar or phone to alert you with reminders to take water and stretch breaks. It’s amazing how much time can go by when we’re super focused on a task. Set it and forget it, and it’s one less thing to remember.
3. Still, Sparkling or Hot:
Fortunately when it comes to water, we have choices. We don’t have to drink lukewarm plain water and attempt to enjoy it. Many organizations understand how having a water station can improve employee wellbeing, and have water filtration taps installed that offer on-demand hot water, deliciously chilled still, and even sparkling water for a bit of bubbly zing.
Here at Vivreau, we can help with that. We have options for water stations that suit a variety of spaces, from minimalist built-in taps for break rooms, to floor standing models ideal for hallways and lounges. All with advanced microfiltration for the best tasting water you can offer your staff.
4. Catch Those Zzz’s:
Did you know that your afternoon pick-me-up coffee can negatively impact your night time sleep? It is proven that caffeine can affect the ability to fall asleep, as well as the quality of sleep at night, resulting in a less restful sleep. Unfortunately, sleep debt can accumulate, making you feel increasingly tired over time if not getting adequate rest. Consider swapping out that sugary afternoon coffee with sparkling chilled water, or a delicious decaf tea and get a secondary boost of energy from better overall sleep quality.
5. Educate to Hydrate:
The fifth tip is the easiest, because you’re already doing it right now (check that off the list!). Learning about how the body reacts to dehydration and its tell-tale signs will help you identify when your own body needs more water. We encourage making hydration a priority, so you can feel physically better, more energetic, and produce work that you’re even more proud of.
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