Sip on your success
Healthy lifestyles help foster calm and focus in the workplace. If you feel healthy at your desk, you and others around you work better. Giving your body the fuel it deserves excites your senses and improves your work. Drinking well has positive effects on your success and your happiness. It’s not just about your productivity, it’s about your wellbeing too.
Of course, some drinks are better than others. Focus and motivation partly depends on chemical balance, so choosing drinks that are kind to your body is important. Energy drinks may promise ‘increased brain power’ and ‘productivity boosts’, but they always leave your brain wanting more. Respect your body. To work at your full capacity, leave gimmicks behind and fuel up the right way. The healthy way. The successful way.
Let’s go back to the basics: what are the best drinks to consume at work?
Water: making the work day flow
Our bodies are intimately bound up with water. It feeds your cells, it regulates your temperature, it lubricates your joints, and it helps create neurotransmitters in your brain. Since water makes up nearly three quarters of your brain alone, working to full capacity requires keeping it topped up with water. Drinking water feeds your mind, and feeding your mind helps you flourish.
Scientific research regularly demonstrates that drinking water helps you work better. A study in 2014 connected long periods of dehydration with negative effects on short-term memory and mood. Another study in 2015 found that even mild levels of dehydration results in a decrease in alertness and an increase in fatigue. Keeping well hydrated nurtures greater clarity of thought, better concentration and increased creativity throughout the working day.
Between 1.5 and 2 litres of water per day is recommended, but whatever amount makes you comfortable is best. Try keeping a big glass at your desk to encourage topping up regularly. Your nearest tap administers work fuel for the day, so take pleasure in using it well.
Plus, water doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless. Treat your tastebuds to a slice of lemon or a splash of orange. Make it so that hydrating your body and mind feels great in every sense.
Coffee: an office culture cure-all
A good cup of coffee is a treat in many respects. Amidst the third wave of coffee and its many associated subcultures, we appreciate coffee as something more than a mere escape from the stresses of working life. More than a quick boost. More than a morning ritual.
In other words, coffee isn’t just a drink. Consider the gentle sound of its pour, the rich aroma of its steam, the robust taste of its many flavours, and the soothing feeling of its warmth between your palms. It works to unify all of our senses and reward our hard work throughout the day.
As a trusty companion to working life, coffee has a long list of properties that complement and enhance various mental states. There are many studies outlining these benefits, and they extend far beyond that familiar ‘zap’ of energy. These include:
- Increased alertness and wakefulness
- Decreased mental fatigue and enhanced cognitive performance
- Better accuracy and speed of reactions
- Greater ability to concentrate and focus attention
- Enhanced short-term memory
By drinking coffee you are not only punctuating your working day with moments of blissful calm. These invisible effects on your mood, efficiency, memory and focus keep you grounded in the moment. They help you to be your best and get more done. Brew up and feel the inspiration.
Tea: stirring up your senses
Soothing and delicious, tea has a history of cultural and personal benefits dating back centuries. In our own culture, the humble cuppa has associations with high spirits and hard work. There’s a good reason for that. Tea supports us in both a symbolic sense and a physical sense, with the capacity to cheer us up and improve our working lives in a single succulent sip.
Different kinds of tea boast different health benefits. Let’s take them one at a time.
Green tea is a brew of calm and control. It contains the amino acid L-theanine, which promotes tranquility and concentration in the brain without resulting in drowsiness. It also has the most antioxidants compared to other teas. The soothing and warm sensation of green tea is conducive to an office life replete with happiness.
Black tea is a staple of the working day for many. In fact, it’s a staple of mindfulness in general. Given its many health benefits, the central position of black tea in office culture is no bad thing. It works wonders on your energy and alertness throughout the day. Studies have found that black tea reduces stress hormones and increases memory function in those who drink it.
White tea benefits from being the least processed type of tea. It is made from fresh buds that are steamed and dried immediately after harvest. The result is a brew low in caffeine and rich in catechins, the latter being a great source of antioxidants. So those cutting down on their caffeine intake can still enjoy a nice cup of tea in the office. No caffeine withdrawals. No caffeine shakes. Just healthy fuel for thought and action.
It’s not just the drinks you consume in the office that have a positive effect on your working life. Uncommon also cares about how you work and how you feel. We make work happen. Each of our workspaces are designed with your happiness and wellbeing in mind. Visit our locations in Borough and Highbury & Islington to experience our unique vision of working life yourself.