Maybe you've had a productive morning, but your momentum starts to dwindle in the afternoon. Naps are refreshing, but they may not be an option if you're sitting at your desk or standing in line at the post office. Try these suggestions to banish late day slumps, even when you can't lie down.
1Interact With Others
Social interactions are stimulating. Call a client to thank them for their recent order. Ask your assistant what she did over the weekend.
2Switch From One Task To Another
Variety spices up your day. It's time for a break if you're nodding off while trying to complete your expense report. Watch the marketing video your colleague just sent you.
3Stretch Your Muscles And Listen To Music
Physical activity is the best break of all. Walk down the stairs and take your break in the lobby. Stand up in your cubicle and bend from the waist a few times. You can arrange an invigorating playlist to listen to while stretching your muscles or just simply sit back and enjoy the music. Treat yourself to lively jazz or a rousing symphony.
4Get Some Light
Bright lights boost your mood and trigger your brain to wake up. Sit near a window or go for a walk outside in the sun. Buy a desk lamp with an adjustable dimmer switch. During your school days, did you ever choose a seat that would force you to stay awake? You can also leave your office door open to make it easier to keep your eyes open.
5Eat A Healthy Snack
A well-balanced snack will give you energy. Combine protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. One good choice is peanut butter on whole wheat toast. Even if your figure is trim, a diet high in processed food and sugar can wreak havoc on your blood sugar. Rely on natural and whole foods that are less likely to cause spikes that leave you feeling irritable and exhausted.
6Get A Water Boost
Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue. Carry a water bottle all day long. You can also try splashing on cold water. For a dramatic jolt, head to the restroom. A little cold water on your face and wrists will give you a temporary energy boost.
7Cut Back On Caffeine
Remember to use a little caffeine. Too much coffee may make you jittery, but moderate amounts of caffeine are usually safe. Remember that it takes about 20 minutes to feel the effects of caffeine.
8Whiff On Stimulating Aromas
Certain scents are very stimulating. Splash lemon or peppermint oil on a handkerchief and take a whiff, as needed. If you have a private workspace, set up a diffuser with a pleasant fragrance.
9Shed The Excess Weight
Studies show that endurance levels are higher among employees who maintain a healthy weight. Carrying around excess pounds puts more strain on your heart and other organs. Eat nutrient-dense foods and exercise each day.
10Get Quality Sleep
A good night's sleep is the best way to stay engaged all day. Sleep allows your body and mind to recharge. Go to bed an hour earlier and see the difference.
Feeling fatigued have difficulty concentrating, and low in energy in the afternoon is a problem you can easily address with just a few routine changes. If you've made these adjustments and if you're still feeling tired, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your healthcare team can test you to rule out any medical conditions and help you create habits appropriate for your individual needs.