I'm definitely a morning person. My most productive hours are between 9 and 12. I get loads of work done in this period, after the school run when I sit down at my desk. I don't know what it is, I just feel more energised, focussed and ready to take on the day.
Every day is the same; I'm motoring along getting stuff done, I take a quick break for lunch, then around 1pm everything changes. I slow down, get lethargic and sleepy, lose concentration - I've been hit by the post-lunch slump.
You've experienced this, right? It's when your body has tired itself out digesting a big lunch and tries to go into hibernation without telling you.
How is it possible to recover from such debilitating lag? Well, there are certain things you can do in to combat the drowsiness and bounce back. Here's how I defeat imminent sleep:
- Go outside for a few minutes and have a quick walk. This will help to reset your batteries and will give you a valuable boost of beneficial vitamin D, reducing your risk of osteoporosis as well as various cancers.
- Choose protein over carbs. A tuna salad without the bread is a better choice than a tuna sandwich. A green salad sprinkled with low-fat cheese, a hardboiled egg and some sliced turkey wins over a pasta salad. The change can really make a difference.
- Have a cup of tea. The caffeine boost will help you to bounce back after your lunch.
- Clear your desk. This doesn’t require a lot of time or effort, but it will make you feel like you’ve achieved something.
- Make a meaningful phone call to someone you care about. A 5 minute keep-in-touch call will lift your spirits, encouraging you to get your work done.
- Put a drop of peppermint oil in your hands. Rub your hands together and then rub them over your face (avoiding your eyes). Peppermint is a known for its energy enhancing abilities.
- Roll your shoulders forwards, then backwards. Time each roll with a deep breath in and out. Repeat for 2 minutes.
- Eat a tiny bit of dark chocolate. It will provide you with a little bit of caffeine and will lift your spirits.
- Keep a rosemary plant in your office. It will lift your mood because the scent of rosemary is extremely energizing.
- Have an afternoon snack. You want something that combines protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates (such as whole-grain crackers or raw vegetables) to raise your blood sugar levels steadily and keep them up.
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