Feeling Tired In The Afternoon?
Do you usually hit your low right between 1 and 2 pm?
For most people, this time of the day tends to be the worst energy-wise, leaving them feeling like they could put their head down on their desk and take a nap.
If you often feel sleepy, lethargic, or just not like your usual self at this time, it’s important that you look at what you can do to combat this.
With the right techniques, you can soar through the afternoon, energy level intact.
Let’s take a closer look at the simple steps to start right now to combat this energy low.
Get Out During Your Lunch Break
First, start focusing on getting out during your lunch break. Rather than sitting right through lunch, go out for a power walk with a co-worker.
Getting some fresh air and the blood moving throughout your body is one of the best ways to give yourself an energy jolt that’ll last throughout the afternoon.
You’ll come back to your desk feeling more focused and ready to work hard. Plus, this is also a great way to boost your total daily calorie burn as well.
Choose Your Lunch Meal Wisely
Next, you also want to ensure you’re choosing your lunch meal wisely. If you are loading up on the carbohydrates at lunch, that’s the reason you’re hitting that slump about an hour or so later.
Instead, focus on eating a lunch containing lean protein, healthy fats, and a moderate dose of carbohydrates, preferably from fresh vegetables or fruit.
Keep your lunch meal to around 300-400 calories and don’t go over. A heavy meal can also be the cause of making you feel sleepy and sluggish.
Instead, focus on smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day to keep your energy level up.
If you can keep your total carbohydrate intake at your lunch meal to right around 20-30 grams, that’ll be perfect.
It’s also important that you take steps to ensure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day as well.
Just a slight amount of dehydration can lead to energy slumps, not to mention less than optimal cognitive processes and a slower metabolic rate.
Don’t hydrate yourself with caffeine-containing beverages however. While these may initially offer a great boost of energy, you’ll soon be crashing and wishing you had done without.
Instead, turn to water. It’s the best way to hydrate yourself and is completely natural for the body.
Use Better Posture
Moving along, the next best way to give yourself a boost of energy throughout the day is to start using better posture.
If you constantly are slumped over in your desk at work, this means less oxygen is coming in and getting to your brain – something that will without a doubt make you feel sleepy.
Make a habit of setting a timer on your desk to go off every 30 minutes. When it does, check your posture.
Are you sitting up as straight as you could? If not, make some adjustments so that you are. Open up your chest, pull your shoulders back, and make sure that your head is in a healthy and comfortable position, not leaning forward too much and straining your neck.
The more often you do this, the more natural this posture will be and soon, it’ll be all you use.
Interact With Others
Finally, the last but not least, try and interact with others throughout the day. By getting social, you’ll get a dose of energy in your day.
If you work at an office job where you typically spend hours all alone, make a conscious effort to get up and talk to someone every few hours.
You’ll be amazed what this does for your energy level.
So keep these points in mind. If you are tired of being trapped in that mid-afternoon slump, put these tips to use and watch how much different you feel.