October 15, 2020 5 min read
If you need to boost your energy levels while working from home, where so many people are working now, health experts have several strategies.
When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, and businesses started shutting down not long after, some people were out of work altogether. But the lucky ones kept working, many from home.
"Woohoo!" they might have thought. And many still are happy about working from home. (Some people are rethinking home work after all these months of it, though.)
At home, you could have a video meeting with the team, with the CEO sitting in his home, on camera, and you hungover, in your business suit top and pajama bottoms and slippers, farting silently, with a martini in your coffee mug, and pretending intense interest.
Envelope, please. And the Oscar goes to!
One way to boost energy is to avoid excessive drinking. So maybe in this scenario above you cut out the martinis. That very well may cure the gas problem, too.
I'm just kidding around. If you are behaving like that, you are going about it all wrong. Cut the whole scenario.
Instyle online has an article  that gives very practical advice on how to keep your energy levels up when your bedroom is just feet away, and you could go in there, lie down, and take a nap instead of generating a new report for some unappreciative boss who may only skim it.
As we said in this Viter Energy blog  about the work-life balance, it's a good idea to simulate your commute to work. You don't have to drive in to work, so instead take a walk around the block just before your workday starts and just after it ends. Send yourself a psychological signal.
And if you can avoid it, do not work after your walk around the block. Don't check work email. Don't answer calls from co-workers unless you really need to talk to them (or they are friends you socialize with).
Clinical psychologist Kelcey Stratton of Michigan Health Blog  has some sound advice on finding the right time to work:
If you’re a morning person, try to schedule important work and meetings during the first half of the day. Others may peak with energy in the afternoon. Depending on the type of job you have, try to maximize on these levels as you can.
If you have room, set up an office and work in it, not in bed, not at the dining room table, not on the living room couch. If you don't have a dedicated office space, designate your work area and stick to it. It will help you set boundaries and draw a line between your private and work lives.
If you have video meetings, you want to look good and look professional. Dressing up simulates the work environment, which many experts say you should do. But people seem to be running into Zoom burnout.
In April 2020, a BBC Science Focus article  advised more video meetings with your co-workers to get a little face time and dispel the loneliness.
By September, the University of Michigan health blog advised fewer video meetings and more phone calls.
Michigan Health says:
'It’s a nice refresher to just focus on someone’s voice and interact in that way instead. It’s a different task for our brains,' [clinical psychologist Kelcey] Stratton says. 'During video calls we’re constantly splitting our attention. We’re not focusing on one person speaking, we’re looking at all these different screens. We’re also monitoring how we look and what’s in our background, which is different than before.
The 1918 flu epidemic lasted for nearly 2 years. The Black Plague of the 1300s lasted for five years. So we may be in for a long haul with the coronavirus epidemic.
The University of Michigan Health Blog says some people are rethinking how wonderful working from home is:
At first, the set up may have sounded ideal: no commute, sweat pants all day and a break from heading into the office. But as the pandemic lingers, with no definitive end in sight, fatigue and burnout have surfaced as an important issues affecting many remote employees.
If you would rather be at your place of unemployment than working at home, just thank your lucky stars you have a job. Also be thankful if you are working but would rather be working at home. Some people are out of work altogether and would gladly be in your shoes.
June 24, 2021 3 min read
Erectile dysfunction. In combination, those are two of the ugliest words known to man. But can caffeine help you get it up?
Science hasn't found the definitive answer to this question, but one study concluded that fewer men who consume caffeine have problems performing. The study said:
Caffeine intake reduced the odds of prevalent ED, especially an intake equivalent to approximately 2-3 daily cups of coffee (170-375 mg/day). This reduction was also observed among overweight/obese and hypertensive, but not among diabetic men. Yet, these associations are warranted to be investigated in prospective studies
June 22, 2021 4 min read
Many breastfeeding mothers wonder if it's OK to take caffeine. In fact, many nursing mothers just avoid caffeine in case it would keep their babies fussy, jittery and awake.
The answer is yes, you can take caffeine while breastfeeding, as long as you don't go over about 300 mg a day.
It's an important question because caffeine is in so many products, and taking coffee, tea, or soda is such a common ritual.
And breastfeeding mothers may be tempted to take caffeinated products because they are deprived of sleep by their newborns' odd sleep schedule.