Health & Fitness
I’m probably not alone when I say that around three o’clock most afternoons I start feeling like I’m losing a little steam. In fact, some days I feel downright sleepy.
I try to just have one cup of coffee in the morning because if I have one later in the day, then I have trouble actually going to sleep at night. This creates a vicious cycle and exacerbates the problem.
I’ve tried a few things recently that have helped and I thought I’d share them to see if they help those who experience a similar challenge.
- Drinking more water. I have found that if I am constantly hydrating throughout the day, my energy levels increase as a result. I often add a powdered supplement, like Emergen-C or EBoost to my water for some flavor, using a third of the packet at a time. I only do this because otherwise, it’s too sweet for me.
- Taking a bonafide lunch break. A lot of times I will have lunch at my desk and work while I eat. I’ve found that actually taking a half hour to eat my lunch and recharge increases my energy level for the remainder of the day.
- Going on a walk. Sometimes, because of work deadlines, it’s necessary to have lunch at my desk. If this is the case, I try to take a walk in the early afternoon. This light exercise helps get my blood flowing and rejuvenates me...all without breaking a sweat.
- Laughing. Lucky for me, I’ve got colleagues who have great senses of humor. Even though we all work remotely, we like to share a good laugh now and then over Skype. It takes ten minutes and is a good diversion to get you through the rest of the day. If I get a good laugh in, I’ve got a smile on my face and any work I tackle afterwards will automatically have a positive spin as a result.
What about you. Do you start to hit a wall energy-wise in the afternoon at work? Do you have a way to manage this that works for you?