We’ve all been there: the clock hits 2:00 p.m., you have a few hours left in the workday, but all you really want to do is take a nap or play on your phone.
The midday slump is real and it can make it very difficult to focus or get anything done. Because most of us can’t just stop working and crawl into bed in the afternoon, it’s important to find ways to fight fatigue.
If you’ve been struggling with your energy levels around midday, here are some helpful tips to get you out of your rut and feeling better than ever.
If you have the time during your day, try to get in a quick walk. Whether you are able to do it outside or you are forced to take a couple of laps around your office, make sure to move your body at some point. Getting in a bit of a workout has been proven to boost productivity throughout the day. Plus, you can use it as an opportunity to take phone calls!
Many of us choose to skip breakfast, but this could be the reason why you’re feeling sluggish in the afternoon. Make it a point to eat something in the morning that has a good source of vitamins and nutrients, like eggs, yogurt, or a smoothie.
Changing up your environment will help you to stay active and productive throughout the day. Don’t just hole up in your office or in a dark corner for the entire workday. Try to find a workspace with good natural sunlight, as this will alert your brain that it’s time to get working.
Eating a giant meal at lunch will definitely cause you to feel sleepy and fuzzy for the rest of the day, so try eating a smaller lunch that’ll keep your energy high. Skip fast food or anything high in sugar for a salad or protein bowl.
If you’re feeling yourself fade off, put in your headphones and listen to your favorite song. This will boost your energy levels and keep you in a good mood.
Drink as much water as you can throughout the day and try your hardest to stay away from sugary drinks. Sodas and juices may give you a quick sugar high, but it’ll eventually make you crash. Stick to water instead, as it’ll keep your brain active. Plus, getting up to go to the bathroom will get your body moving. It’s a win-win!