I’ve always found my worst time of the day when I’m the most tired is mid-afternoon. Particularly after a heavy or sugar-laden lunch, by 3pm I’m beginning to crash, and I still have three more hours to get through before I can head home. That’s why I started to do one or more of these quick energy boosters every day, right before the mid-afternoon blahs hit. Not only did I suddenly get a great boost of energy, but I didn’t have to spend any money getting it.
Drink Water – Used to be, when I was feeling tired mid-afternoon, I’d immediately grab another cup of coffee. By this time, at cup number 15 (yes, I drink a lot of coffee), the effects of a jolt of caffeine weren’t that much and I’d soon find myself being lulled back into a comatose state again, and need another cup of coffee to wake up again. That’s why a glass or bottle of water, particularly the cold stuff, will give your system a nice boost and get you back to feeling energetic and normal again. Far more effectively than coffee ever does.
Coffee dehydrates, which is why that jolt of caffeine is only temporary. Water hydrates your whole body and gets it working at optimal levels again, so a glass or bottle of cold water will give you a boost of energy and easily get you through the rest of the work day.
Get Up From Your Desk – If you’re feeling sleepy and ready for a nap, get up from your desk or from what you’re doing at home and have a quick walk around. A wander over to a co-worker’s cubicle for a two minute chat, a trip to the bathroom, a quick bop to the laundry room to put your laundry into the dryer, or just a walk to the kitchen for some water – all of these will get your body and your mind moving again, and push away that heavy sleepy feeling so you can get on with what you need to do.
Meditate – I have one friend who, every time she starts to feel drowsy at work or at home in the middle of the afternoon, does five minutes of meditation. Weirdly, instead of making her even more sleepy like you’d think it would, she actually emerges from her quick meditation feeling refreshed and wide awake – a bit like having a cat nap.
Lose Some Weight – The thinner you are, the more likely it is you’ll have more energy. The heavier you are, the more likely you’ll feel without energy and a bit lifeless.
Eat healthy foods, do more exercise and drop some weight. Even a small weight loss of just 8-10 lbs and you’ll see a huge difference in your energy levels and how you feel.
Eat Breakfast – They always say “breakfast is the best meal of the day” and there’s a reason for it. Studies show people who don’t eat breakfast tend to be more overweight than those who do, as well as being much more sluggish by mid-afternoon as their bodies wind down and need a nap.
Eating a light, healthy breakfast (try a slice of wholewheat toast, an apple or a slice of melon and a yoghurt), will give your body an energy boost right at the beginning of the day, one that tends to carry on until the evening.