We’ve all been there, it’s 2pm and you’re in the office, paperwork is piling up and you need to finish it all before you can head off home, but you can’t focus because all you can think about it crawling under your desk and going to sleep.
This afternoon drop in energy can lead to loss of focus, resulting in making silly mistakes and losing productivity. These five simple fixes will help you avoid this feeling and power through the day like a boss.
- Avoid loading up on refined carbs and sugar
These can cause your blood sugar levels to spike and crash suddenly, leaving you feeling tired and hungry. Instead, opt for a lighter lunch, combining quality protein like eggs, tuna or chicken with plenty of vegetables.
- Stay hydrated
Even mild dehydration can impair focus and alertness and even bring on feelings of anxiety. Avoid disrupting your energy balance by limiting yourself to two cups of coffee before midday and continuously sipping on water throughout the day.
- Take a nap
If possible, the simplest solution is to grab a nap. A short nap can reduce drowsiness and combat that afternoon energy slump. The ideal length for a workplace nap is 20 minutes, any longer can make you feel groggy when you wake up.
- Go for a walk
Walk to the coffee machine, down the hall, around the building or even do a couple star jumps. Any physical activity can increase blood flow to the brain, increasing alertness and concentration. For an added mood lift, take a stroll outside among trees and flowers.
- Keep moving
Sticking to a regular workout routine plays an important role in fighting fatigue day to day by facilitating the birth of new brain cells.
Next time you notice yourself yawning after your lunch break, reconsider what you’re eating and whether you should sign yourself up for the next boot camp session. By making just a few small changes to your daily routine you will start to notice big changes in your body and mind.