5 Key Tips for Combating the Midday Slump
Later in the afternoon, usually around 3pm or so, this strange phenomenon occurs: The midday slump.
You’re suddenly tired, unmotivated, and reaching for a cup of coffee or something else to wake you up enough to finish the work day, only to crash around dinner time!
With such busy schedules, it’s no wonder people are exhausted midday! Before you reach for that afternoon cup o’ joe, try these 5 remedies that will last much longer- without the crash:
We know – it’s the last thing you want to do when you are feeling tired.
Take 10 minutes to go for a walk, do some jumping jacks, or simply stretch. Get that blood flowing and you will notice that you are more energetic and alert.
To keep that energy going, make time in your schedule for more regular exercise.
Work With Your Natural Rhythm
We all naturally have peaks and valleys in energy levels throughout the day. This is completely normal! The key to still being productive is to know when those times are for you, and work with your natural rhythm.
For example, higher energy times are great for doing more demanding tasks, such as writing, important decision-making, coding, and large project tasks. For those dips in your energy level, you can return phone calls, organize files, check emails, etc.
It will probably take a little trial and error to figure out your circadian rhythm, but it is well worth the time!
It’s so easy to grab coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks… they are everywhere, they give you a quick jolt of energy, and are tasty to boot!
Unfortunately, they also result in terrible energy crashes that are often worse than before you had the caffeine. This places you in a vicious cycle of caffeine, energy, crash, repeat that negatively affects your sleeping patterns. Not to mention, regular caffeine consumption decreases its effect, causing you to need more just to reach normal energy levels!
Think of caffeine as a tool. Use it strategically to give you a quick burst of energy before a big meeting or after a rough night’s sleep. Otherwise, we recommend a cold glass of water to help wake you up.
Power Down Devices
You’ve probably heard that using devices right before bed affects your sleep. This is because the blue light that phones and computers give off suppresses melatonin, which is what tells your body it is time to sleep. Putting away your device and reading a book or listening to some music before bed instead is a better choice.
If checking your emails at night can’t be avoided, use a blue-light filtering app that will change your device’s light to more of a red as it gets later in the day.
Adjust Your Posture
Mom had it right when nagging you to sit up straight! Your posture has a major effect on the way you feel.
When you sit or stand straight up, shoulders back, and chin up, you feel confident and energized. Your blood is flowing and adequate oxygen is getting to your brain. Sitting in a slump can hinder circulation, making you feel tired, unmotivated, and can even result in chronic pain!
Be aware of your posture, as well as your desk ergonomics throughout the day. Many desk workers swear by a standing desk or a combination sit/stand desk to keep them awake and productive.
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