How to stay awake in meetings and avoid getting fired!
Falling asleep or losing concentration in meetings can be serious. You could lose respect from colleagues, miss out on valuable information or even risk losing your job.
Below are a few of our top tips on how to avoid nodding off in front of everyone.
It may sound obvious, yet many people still under-sleep. A lack of sleep can cause problems such as drowsiness, anxiousness and even lowered immune response.
Taking notes during meetings may keep you going. Not only will you have something to look back on afterwards, but it will keep your mind active. You will also look more engaged which could win you points with the boss.
Talking of being more engaged, nothing says I’m listening in this meeting more than interacting.
By getting involved you will be stimulating your brain and your cardiovascular system and this will make sure you won’t fall victim to the Sandman.
Stretch your legs
Find an excuse to stand up and move around. Find an appropriate moment and take a trip to the toilets or pour yourself a coffee. The exercise will get your blood pumping and stimulate your nervous system.
Lift your feet up off the floor*
If walking around isn’t an option or you have played that card too many times, you can get the same effect (if not better) from lifting your feet off the floor (by one inch) and holding.
It’s more physically challenging than you think!
Because it is an isometric exercise (any exercise that involves a static contraction). It causes the heart to work much harder (due to it’s intensity).
*Don’t attempt this if you suffer high blood pressure.
The final word…
Meetings at work can be plain boring sometimes and you may often feel like closing your eyes for just a minute. Don’t!
Instead try our top tips and see how they work for you.
If you frequently have problems staying awake during the day this could be a sign of a more serious problem and should be discussed with your GP.
We’d like to know…
Have you ever drifted off at work?
Do you have any tips to add to the list?