How to Beat That Midday Slump
So, you're halfway through your busy day, you've remembered to eat breakfast and a nice hearty lunch, your water intake has been more than adequate, so why between the hours of 2pm and 4pm do you suddenly feel like you could fall asleep at any moment? This is known as the midday slump or the 2:30 feeling. Your head begins to buzz, your eyes get heavy, and your concentration is near to non existent, you do everything you can not to curl up right there under the desk until 5pm rolls around.
Well, have no fear, this is normal for just about everyone at some point in time, and there are remedies to combat it. Some of the simple and easiest things to do are things like getting adequate sleep the night before, eating a good breakfast and lunch, preferably one filled with some sort of protein and good fats. Keeping sugar intake to a minimum and moving around every few hours to get the blood circulating.
Soak Up Some Rays
Get outside, soak in the vitamin D, get revitalized, and re-energized. Maybe even have lunch outside, go for a nice walk and breath in the fresh air. Being outside and moving around will decrease the build up of melatonin the body produces, which in turn makes you more alert.
Protein Not Carbs
Eating a lunch high in protein and low in carbs can help fight off that sluggish feeling that comes around after eating a heavy lunch or small meal. The lighter you eat, the lighter your body will essentially feel.
Keep Your Mind Busy
The chances are, if you're at work, you're going to be busy, but taking yourself out of the normal daily tasks for just a few minutes, and focusing your attention on something completely different, even something as menial as adding more paper to the copy machine, will shake up your brain a little and give it the ability to re-focus when necessary.
Eating foods that notoriously provide a small energy boost are great to munch on every few hours to keep the mind fresh and to keep you alert and active. Dark chocolate or some type of spicy gum (think Big Red) are great examples of this.
Explore Your Green Thumb
Keep a rosemary plant in your office. Sharing your workspace with a plant provides more oxygen production and also boosts the mood thanks to the scent of the plant itself. Rubbing a little of the plant between your fingers has also been known to release the fragrance into the air and into your lungs.
So the next time you feel like you've been at your desk for hours and the day is only half over, try some of these little tricks to see how they work. Fighting that 2:30 feeling doesn't have to be a struggle; these remedies make it enjoyable and easy.
Always consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.