Co-workers and Coffee: How Caffeine Effects the Workplace
The challenges of tackling the entrepreneur world can be daunting, but to say that you own and/or run your own business successfully is something not many people can say. As entrepreneurs, the workload can vary. Usually, it means longer hours and less sleep because you are trying to make it.
The time and effort the entrepreneur lifestyle uses can put a normal work day to shame. And fatigue from long hours and hard work can add up. There are a few things you can do in your office and during the day that can keep you going.
Caffeine is Your Friend
Caffeine, in moderation, can be good for you. Yes, you heard that right. A few cups a day of natural, black coffee or coffee with no artificial anything can help deliver that energy boost you need. Also, caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, so your tired brain becomes more alert, and you will be able to focus better.
If you’re feeling fatigued, try stepping away from your desk or computer and sit outside or take a short walk and sip some coffee. Relaxing for a few minutes can help lessen stress and anxiety, and the caffeine will boost your energy levels.
Good and Good for You
Caffeine keeps us alive at work, and it has some good benefits. Most of the negative things we hear about caffeine are because of over-consumption. If you drink just a cup or two a day, you can get a healthy number of antioxidants, feel awake, lower the signs of depression, stimulates your central nervous system, and have excellent disease-fighting qualities. Not bad for a drink you thought was only keeping you awake.
Timing is Everything
Many employees and supervisors feel the after-lunch slump, where energy levels seem to hit rock bottom. A cup of coffee after lunch can help you retain your energy, be careful you don’t consume too much caffeine too late in the day. Large amounts of coffee can upset your stomach and wreak havoc on your sleep tonight. It is best to drink in the mornings so you can feel alert and motivated.
Make it Social
The entrepreneur life isn’t always easy, but you can make a stress-free area for yourself and your employees. Having a coffee bar or station is a great way to encourage people (and you) to take a break and enjoy a cup and some caffeine to get the creative juices flowing.
Stations can have coffee machines like Keurig’s, espresso machines, French presses or regular brewers. They also have a place to grind beans for a richer taste, and creamer or natural products to encourage healthy habits. Some have donation boxes where people can contribute to the office caffeine fund.
Experience the Grind
Grinders in the workplace can provide a needed break. Whether they are electric or hand-held grinders grind the coffee beans into a fine powder-like substance. It is said grinding coffee beans makes the coffee taste better, and many agree.
Since there are so many different types of coffees and ways to make them, try a variety of products. To fine grind your coffee, a medium fine or medium for a tasty and refreshing cup. Not only does it add flavor, but it also allows you to get up out of your chair or let your brain and eyes rest away from the work area for a few minutes.
Your drive to be a successful entrepreneur doesn’t have to stress you out. Take a few minutes to take a breather away from your work and get your brain and body stimulated with a good cup of coffee. Enjoy talking to employees and co-workers for a healthy social environment as you all share a few common interests.
Author: Sarah is the editor of We Dream of Coffee. She writes about the benefits and advantages of coffee, as well techniques and varieties you can use to enjoy this excellent drink.
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