You know the feeling—it’s after lunch, the clock strikes 3pm, your focus fades and the afternoon fatigue sets in. Even the busiest office workers can feel tired and sluggish in the afternoon.
Blame this crash on your body’s natural rhythm and internal clock. Midday sleepiness is one reason some cultures take siestas in the afternoon, since productivity can increase after you’ve taken a rest. But if you’re like most of corporate Australia, nap time isn’t part of your afternoon schedule. So, next time your energy tank is running low, try these helpful tips to get a quick energy boost to help you power through the rest of your day.
Eat a healthy lunch: A burger and fries doesn’t count! If you eat a large and heavy lunch, your body will use all its energy just to digest the meal. Instead, eat a lighter but balanced lunch complete with protein and healthy carbs. Because lunch will be lighter, it’s a good idea to eat a small snack in the morning and afternoon to keep you going all day.
Stay hydrated: Even mild dehydration can make you feel sluggish. Sometimes what you think is hunger is actually your body craving water. So grab a tall glass of water and drink up! If you really want a refreshing experience, drop in a few slices of cucumber or lemon and you’ll perk right up.
Protein & Carbs please: Instead of reaching for that chocolate bar or bag of popcorn for your afternoon nibble, go for a high-protein and carbohydrate snack to keep your energy up. Try a banana, a few fresh dates, or celery with peanut butter.
Get some fresh air: Head outside for a few minutes and take a few deep breaths. The fresh air and sunshine will help you wake up, and a few minutes of brisk walking will really get your blood flowing.
Catch some ZZZZ’s: Not at the office—at home! Getting a full 8 hours of sleep each night isn’t always easy or realistic, but a good night’s rest contributes significantly to your overall health, and can help you stay alert and focused throughout the day.