5 tips to get through the 'post-lunch slump'
MANILA, Philippines – If you spend most of your working hours in front of a desk, then you’re probably familiar with the “mid-afternoon slump” – that sluggish feeling that takes over between lunch time and punch out.
What causes it? Our internal body clock is usually the culprit, but what you ate for lunch could affect your energy levels, too. If you stayed up late the night before, that can also explain your sudden urge to nap in the middle of a meeting.
Of course, you’ve got no choice but to power through this lethargic spell (unless you enjoy working overtime). Here are some helpful steps to get you back on track:
A proper breakfast with carbohydrates and protein will fuel your body for the day. Ideally, this should be followed by a lean lunch of greens and some white meat. If you have no time for breakfast, make a 5-minute green juice and drink it on the go.
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Get up and move
Step out of your desk and take a brisk walk around the office. If you can, take a few flights of the emergency stairs. Or better yet, step outside the building and enjoy a few minutes of fresh air. These can get your blood pumping so you feel more awake.
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Tidy up your desk
A clean, organized desk can motivate you to finish your deliverables on time. The act of decluttering can also be refreshing for the mind. You can also try moving to a different working area or moving on to another item on your task list first.
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Have you been getting your 8 glasses of water every day? Dehydration can make you feel slow and weak too. Have a water bottle handy at your side and take frequent sips as you work. A slice of lemon can make your drink healthier, too.
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Listen to music
The right songs (especially classical tunes and nature sounds) can help boost your mood and focus. If your office environment is noisy and full of chatter, music helps you tune out, too. So put on your headphones, load a Spotify playlist, and beat that deadline before 5 pm!
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