Raise your hand if you hit a wall in the afternoons? I know I do. I feel like I do my best work in the morning, shortly after waking and having a cup of coffee. My mind feels clear and I feel focused.
After lunch? It. is. a. struggle.
Some people rely on coffee to get through the afternoon slump and while I do too on occasion, there are other ways to get an afternoon boost that don’t include coffee or caffeine. There is the obvious answer: get enough sleep. But even when you get enough sleep, a meal can make you feel a normal bit of sleepiness as your body goes through the digestion process after lunch.
When all else fails, these are my tips for an afternoon energy boost:
Go for a walk
Yes, you’re feeling sluggish, but we all know that moving gets your blood pumping and blood that is pumping is bringing oxygen to every part of your body. Not everyone can go to the gym mid day but getting up from your seat and walking for 10-15 minutes can do the trick. Research agrees that fatigue can be moderated by low intensity exercise, like walking, so get moving!
If you’re having trouble focusing or concentrating, drink water. Brain fog is a common symptom of dehydration, along with hunger and irritability. 8 cups a day is the “standard” rule for how much water you should drink but a more accurate number would be…