The Zapper: Your Predictable RoutineThe Reason: We have routines for a reason, but constantly going through the same motions day after day can put you in a rut and your brain on autopilot. When you're completely zoned out or bored, your nucleus accumbens, a central part of the brain's "reward center," is seriously lacking in the feel-good chemical dopamine that encourages drive. So dragging your feet (mentally and physically) and having zero motivation or stimulation can leave you feeling drained -- even if you haven't really done, well, anything.
The Fatigue Fighter: Try something new. When you do something novel, your brain floods with dopamine, that feel-good hormone that influences alertness, attention and concentration. Something as simple as ordering a new, innovative dish, grabbing coffee with a new coworker or turning a chore or work-related task into a time challenge (first one to finish doesn't have to buy a round at happy hour) can give you a much-needed jolt.
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