Your messy desk
Being surrounded by heaping piles of paper and junk—either on your desk or anywhere in your home—can shift your brain into overdrive and overload. Researchers from Princeton University asked volunteers to focus on one object and then moved another object into their view. When object number two appeared, the investigators noticed a fuzzy version of that item pop up in the participants’ brain scans. Their conclusion: The more clutter in your living or working space, the more difficult it is for your brain to concentrate, causing it to get tired over time. This theory applies to the kitchen too. According to a study conducted at Cornell University, a disorganized kitchen can add to stress levels and lead to unhealthy, high-calorie food choices. These are the daily habits of naturally energetic people.
Guzzling energy drinks
Wait, aren’t they supposed to spike your energy levels? Not quite. “Watch out for energy ‘loan shark’ drinks, including soda and fruit juices, because they are loaded with sugar,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. “While they provide a quick energy boost, they take away twice as much by causing a drop in your blood sugar.” In fact, a recent study from Australia discovered that sugary drinks can affect the region of the brain that controls emotional behavior and cognitive function, and may be as damaging to the brain as extreme stress.