Learning to find the balance between work and pleasure can be tough. Especially for busy young professionals who still want to enjoy the single life or make the most of the time they have left, without children limiting their options.
This article provides a few tips and tricks for the young professional who wants to burn the candle at both and still keep a full time job.
1. Utilize your work breaks
Most professional workers get two 15 minute breaks along with a 30 minute or 1 hour lunch break. If you stayed out late the night before, make the most of your 15 minute breaks by eating a lunch that you prepacked the night before, and then grab a power nap on your long lunch break.
Pro tip: try drinking an energy drink or a cup of coffee right before you grab your power nap, and by the time your 30 minutes or 1 hour is up, the caffeine will kick in and wake you up without feeling too groggy.
2. Grab some sleep after work
I used this trick a few times when I was planning to go out late on Friday nights, but still had to show up at 7 am on Saturday for the weekend shift. If you know you are going to be out late, go to sleep as soon as you get home, and wake up about an hour before you go out. If you break up your sleep this way, you won’t pay for it as hard in the morning.
How to do it: if you get off work at 5 pm, then try to be in bed as close to 6pm as possible, sleep for 3-4 hours, wake up, and then get ready to dance the night away. Then even if you don’t make it home until 6 am, you can still grab a short nap before work and get ready on time.
3. Use caffeine with caution
You can use caffeine to substitute small amounts of sleep here and there, but caffeine can also drain you if you aren’t careful. For the best results with caffeine, don’t drink it within 5-6 hours of bedtime (unless you are taking a caffeine power nap). Also, make sure you eat some food with it otherwise caffeine can cause a lot of headaches and stomach issues. Most people know caffeine will bring an eventual crash, and food and water help prevent it.
How to do it: Drink some coffee or an energy drink first thing when you get to work, and grab another cup or two before your lunch break, but make sure to drink plenty of water and get some food in your stomach as well.
4. Drink plenty of Water
It takes your body time to break down the alcohol you consume, and the process requires water to flush out the toxins that accumulate from drinking the hooch. You should aim to drink an extra 8 oz of water with each serving of alcohol (1 shot, 1 beer, 1 glass of wine). Making sure to drink plenty of water before you go out, and keeping the water coming in will help avoid the morning after blues.
How to do it: Drink at least 16oz of water before you go out, 8oz of water with each alcoholic beverage, and another 8-16oz of water before you go to bed for the night.
5. Eat better
I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that going out all night drinking, and getting up early in the morning to head to work isn’t a stressor for your body. But if you can limit the other stresses your body has to deal with it can lessen the load. Try eating a very good diet high in nutrition, fiber, protein, and lots of fruits and vegetables. By eating foods that are good for you, you will increase your bodies defenses against the party lifestyle.
How to do it: Drink more water, try fresh veggie juices, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and eat a lot of fiber and protein.
We all know that if you burn the candle at both ends for too long, eventually it is going to catch up with you. But following these tips will help your flame stay lit for much longer while you party hardy and still wake up early. Work naps, naps after work, smart caffeine usage, extra water, and a healthy diet can all help you avoid hangovers, burnout, and mind numbingly long work days, but be careful young grasshopper.
Do you have any other tips for the would be party professionals out there? Leave a comment and let us know, we would love to hear from you!