Working from home has both its opportunities and challenges. Due to the pandemic, people are working from home more than ever and this has been a big cause of stress for thousands of people. Luckily, there are natural ways to help reduce your stress levels and give you a nice boost of energy. This blog will go over work from home productivity tips and herbal remedies to help keep you productive.
Low Energy Levels
One of the biggest issues people face when working at home is keeping their energy labels high while working, especially during the afternoon. Most people have a cup of coffee to help give them a boost of energy; however, coffee can negatively impact you in many ways. Caffeine can deplete the adrenals, affect your sleep, and can give you nervous tension. Although coffee helps raise your energy levels for a couple of hours, it’s aftereffects can lead to drowsiness and even more fatigue the next day. Instead of going with coffee to help raise your low energy levels, a natural alternative you can try is adaptogenic herbs.
Adaptogenic herbs provide you with a non-jittery, nourishing, and balanced boost to your energy levels. As the name suggests, these herbs help “adapt” your body to both short-term and long-term stressors. Adaptogenic botanicals have been used for hundreds and hundreds of years in traditional Chinese medicine. Incorporating adaptogens into your daily routine is an excellent way of energizing yourself without having to worry about the aftereffect, such as that with coffee. These herbs are known to
- Increase stress resistance
- Balance hormones
- Improve cognitive functions
Adaptogenic Herbs for Energy
Adaptogenic herbs that are recommended for energy boosts include:
- Tulsi – An Ayurvedic plant known to help reduce stress, elevate mood, and support optimal immune function.
- Eleuthero – Also known as the “Siberian ginseng,” eleuthero brings the body back into homeostasis. It helps support the adrenals, which helps with both physical and mental fatigue.
- Rhodiola – A Tannin-rich herb that helps reduce stress and relieve symptoms of mood disorder.
Stay Motivated with Movement
Working from home has many cons, such as not being able to have in-person meetings, lunch breaks, and other brief interruptions to break up your workday. This makes it easier to stay glued to the screen in a sedentary state, which takes a = toll on your body. Working non-stop while not moving not only affects you physically, but also mentally. A great way to stay motivated is with something as simple as staying in motion. Movement has been shown to enhance creativity, stimulate productivity, boost your mood, and feel better physically. Things you can do to stay active while working from home includes:
- Taking stretch breaks – It’s a good idea to set an alarm for a 3-minute stretch break. If you have longer breaks, you can even have a mini yoga session to help ease the tension and help your mind refocus. Regular stretches can also help avoid injuries or sources of discomfort that can disturb you.
- Dancing it out: Are you feeling stuck, tense, or overwhelmed? Put some of your favorite music in the background for a while to help kick out the anxious energy.
- Going for a walk: Take a small break and go for a short walk outside. This can help boost your memory and attention to detail. A study done in Stanford shows that walking helps increase creativity by 60%.
Working from home can cause stress and burnout. Nervine botanicals are a great natural way to help nourish the nervous system and relieve tension. Good nervine botanicals that you can use to help relieve stress include:
- California poppy: This orange flower has strong sedative properties that help the body release tension.
- Silk tree: Also known as the “mimosa flower,” this flower helps elevate your mood and relax
- Skullcap: Skullcap is great for calming nervousness and restless feelings. It can be used during your workday or before going to bed.
Working from home can be a source of stress and fatigue. Luckily there are many natural ways of boosting your energy levels and relieving some stress. Simple things like going for a walk and using natural herbs can make all the difference. We hope these work from home productivity tips and herbal remedies can help you be more productive while working. At Moonstone Naturopathic, we want to help people be healthy and happy in the most natural way possible. To learn more about natural ways of staying healthy, contact Dr. Brandy McGill to make an appointment today.
* The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health provider