The Trick to Staying Productive

One thing I’m guilty of at work is not drinking enough water. I’m pretty good at catching up once I start feeling parched, but it’s better to be proactive and drink as soon as you feel thirsty. I’ve found that being dehydrated affects my energy levels more than anything. Even if I’ve eaten a big breakfast and slept well, I find that my concentration levels are decreased. Besides the physical discomfort and annoyance of being thirsty, low fluid intake can affect daily functioning, mood and productivity. In some extreme cases, you may even find yourself fatigued or dizzy. In these cases, many people reach for a snack when they are actually thirsty.

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Try a glass of water first, because the effects of drinking water are almost immediate. Wait a few minutes after drinking and you might find yourself back on your game. I strongly recommend staying well hydrated during those long school or work days; it may just be the simple change you need to achieve a higher level of productivity.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.

dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is a second year resident in Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health and awareness with her passion for health, fitness and beauty. In her spare time, enjoys fashion, kayaking on West Meadow Beach, and creating westernized-Asian recipes.