Have you ever felt sleepy or sluggish after you come back from lunch — no matter how much coffee you’ve had?
You’ve been zipping through tasks and honing your focus and then somewhere around 2-4 PM, your energy turns into cement and your endurance disappears.
Your momentum disappears, and it feels like any progress you’ve made or productivity you’ve gained slams to a stop. This energy slump is something we virtually all deal with and it can last up to 2 hours.
But you don’t need to settle for energy slumps just because they’re common.
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1. Energy medicine
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2. Diet and hydration
Speaking of sugary caffeinated drinks, one culprit of your afternoon slumps could be dehydration.
The thing is, not all liquids are created equal. Soda, black tea, coffee, and fruit juices won’t quench your thirst. They also won’t provide day-long boosts.
Water is one of your body’s fundamental needs. The best way to hydrate is to drink water regularly throughout the day. This will prevent your body from feeling overly fatigued and tired.
It’d also be amiss of us not to point out that what you eat for lunch can affect how you feel after lunch.
A big lunch fully of heavy foods and simple carbs isn’t going to do you any favors at your job. In order to avoid feeling sluggish afterward, limit simple carbs, sugars, and processed or greasy foods. Instead, eat more fruits, vegetables, slow-digesting carbs, proteins, and minimally-processed foods.
3. Don’t fight nature
Nature might be another reason why you feel a dip in the afternoon. Your body naturally starts to wind down for the evening between 2-4 PM. Your core body temperature begins to drop, signaling to the brain to release melatonin, the body’s natural sleep chemical.
That said, when we experience this sudden tiredness, we simply try to force ourselves to start at the screen and focus on the task ahead.
But that’s not always the best idea.
It might be tempting to do so, but simply working against your body’s nature is not a sustainable solution. Instead, try to take a walk, move around, or even take a short 10-20 minute nap to feel better.
In fact, sitting for such long periods of time at work is actually really, really terrible for you.
Studies show that interacting with gravity (such as standing up from a seated position) produces great health benefits.
When you’re not active, lipoprotein lipase dramatically reduces during inactivity. This enzyme attaches to fat in the bloodstream, which transports to the muscles to be used as fuel. Walking a little every hour or so can help you increase your endurance.
So, take these tips from Energy Medicine Master Donna Eden, health experts, scientists, and doctors to help you thrive.
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