After a hectic weekend, it’s either you go to work on a Monday feeling ready to take on all of the week’s challenges or you’re still massively hung over from all the fun (or stress, depending on how you’ve spent your days off) you’ve just had the day before. If you happen to result in the latter, you may also find yourself having your energy lowering by mid-day. And since the day isn’t even nearly over yet, discovering some pick-me-uppers can be the best antidotes for a midday slump.
To help you stop a midday slump from ruining your Monday, here are some tricks you can try.
1. Take a nap.
Naps are excellent ways to perk up your afternoon. Since you’re already low in energy, why not get some shuteye to recharge a bit? A quick 10-20 minute cat nap on your lunch break will help you power through the afternoon easily.
2. Snack on.
Getting some sugar in your system can also help you perk up come early afternoon. However, instead of downing some bottles of energy drink or going on a sugar high with sweets (which will surely result in a crash later on), grab a bar of dark chocolate or some fresh fruits. Dark chocolate is rich in iron and magnesium, making it a great energy booster. Fresh fruits, on the other hand, are great sources of natural sugar, which can ensure the stability of your blood sugar levels.
3. Stretch out.
Stretching has tons of health benefits, which explains why yoga can be an excellent way to get fit. What it does to your body, as long as it is done correctly and safely, is that it improves blood circulation, prevents lower back pain, and reduce stress among many others. Stretching while you’re feeling a bit sluggish can help you perk up, as the physical activity can give your body a jolt and can can even help you get rid of some tension that may already be building up.
4. Take a stroll outside.
Using your break for some physical activities is an excellent way to get rid of the midday slump you may be having by lunch time. A quick stroll around your office building or to a nearby cafeteria/restaurant/food store can be highly beneficial for you in many ways. For one, the walk will give you some exercise and wake your senses up a little bit. The sunshine you’ll be getting will also wake your body up, as it is programmed to respond to the warm light given out by the sun. Also, the trip to the food store can be quite interesting at the very least, and if not, at least you get to come back with snacks and a full stomach.
5. Try some breathing exercises.
Shallow breaths = low oxygen supply = sluggishness. This is why if you’re feeling a bit low, you should try taking some deep breaths to wake yourself up a little bit. Real Simple offers this technique for you to try out:
Put the tip of your tongue against the ridge behind your upper teeth. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. Then inhale deeply through your nose for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of seven, and exhale through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat for a total of four breaths.
Be more productive with these easy tips how to deal with your midday slump. Keep those yawns away and get more out of your time at the office by following our easy tips.