Imagine that it is about 10:30 on a Tuesday morning and you are sitting at your desk with zero energy. That probably doesn’t take much imagination because usually it describes a whole lot of us every day. We sit there looking at the clock thinking, “If I can just make it to lunch then I will perk up.” Of course that means you still have a good hour and a half to kill before you can doze off in your car for a bit.
So what do you do?
Well since overhauling your diet instantly to help with creating a more consistent level of energy in your body is highly impractical at 10:30am, we are left with a few other options.
- Grab a Snickers – Those commercials are dead on when people become a huge pain in the behind when tired. Your body tends to have an addiction to glucose and a few hours after eating that level starts to go down resulting in low energy. Trail mix or even a Snickers makes a great pick me up because they the ability to give you a nice quick burst of energy to last until lunch. Fruit is also a great option as is yogurt or whole grain toast and peanut butter.
- Take a Break – By law people are allotted two breaks and a lunch period in most work environments. Oddly enough smokers are the only ones who seem to consistently take those breaks. But you should as well for a few reasons. To start, talking a walk gets the blood flowing to all parts of your body, including your brain. Also, circulated air inside a building tends to slowly decrease its level of good oxygen during the work day. Getting outside can give you a chance to get a strong dose of O2 into your lungs and brain. Finally the sun can help with your mood and relaxation which both can combat being tired.
- Caffeine Up – It isn’t the best option, but it is an option. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet if you have done everything else and you are still tired. Coffee, or even better Green Tea, can give you a boost of caffeine to help charge your system for about an hour. You need to try and time it right to get you over the hump and into lunch. But, if you find that you always need tons of coffee you might look at the big picture and see if you are getting enough sleep.
- Switch Projects – Sometimes you just get bored. Your eyes are tired of looking at a computer screen and your mind has lost its focus. After taking a walk and grabbing a snack switch directions and work on something else for awhile.
- Exercise – Surprisingly you can have fun and get a decent abdominal workout in at your workstation by flexing and tensing your muscles. Not only does this alleviate boredom, but it also helps with blood flow in your body.
These are all some great ideas to help out with the late morning and early afternoon sluggishness that many of us feel at work. Hopefully they will help you get back in gear and finish out your day strong.