Midday slump. Post-lunch lethargy. Late afternoon lull. Whatever you call it, you can blame your biological clock for the dip your energy levels take when 2:00 pm hits.
Fortunately, it is possible to fend off afternoon fatigue—no more afternoons spent staring blankly at the computer screen while urgent emails flood your inbox.
Here are 7 ways to snap yourself out of that midday slump:
- Take an afternoon exercise break. When the first signs of afternoon fatigue set in, get up and move! Even 10 minutes of light exercise, like a quick walk around the office, is a more effective way to improve afternoon energy levels than drinking caffeine.
- Drink water (and add a slice of lemon). Dehydration makes you tired, so don’t risk it! Women should drink at least eight glasses of water per day, and men should drink at least 10. For an extra energy boost, try adding a slice of lemon to your water.
- Have a hearty laugh. Laughing releases endorphins and increases the amount of oxygen you take in, both of which can improve energy and optimism. When you’re really feeling that midday slump, just laugh it up!
- Drink green tea. Green tea contains an obvious energy booster—caffeine. It also contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which have a proven fatigue-fighting effect.
- Listen to uplifting music. It’s amazing what the right song can do for your mood and energy levels. So, create a playlist that makes you feel peppy, and pop in your earbuds before that slump sneaks up on you.
- Have a chat. Having a lively conversation will instantly make you feel more awake. So, if you can, take a 10-minute break to chat with a coworker or call a friend.
- Eat more protein. It’s no surprise that what you eat affects your energy levels. Eat protein instead and avoid the energy ups and downs that are typical of sugary, carb-based foods. Just stash a bag of Stryve Biltong in your desk and leave the afternoon grind for someone else.
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