It’s coming up to mid-afternoon and you’re sat at your desk, eyes half closing while counting down the hours until you can crawl back into bed. We’ve all experienced it, but you shouldn’t just give into your energy slump! Although it might not seem like it, there are many ways that you can alert the senses to get that much needed boost when your energy levels need it most.
Here are just nine ways you can boost your energy – and without any coffee in sight:
1- Listen to music
Music is a great way to boost energy levels and wake up our brains – just think about your favourite song and how good it makes you feel. If you can, pop on a soundtrack that you know will put you in a good mood and awaken your senses.
2- Wash your face
If it works for you in the morning, it’ll work during your afternoon slump! If you find yourself lagging, head to a bathroom and splash some cold water on your face for an instant shock to boost your responses.
3- Do some exercise
Exercise is probably the best energy booster to get you out of a slump. Try hitting the gym or go on a walk during your lunch break for an instant energy rush. A 10-minute walk can increase your energy for up to two hours!
4- Smell citrus
Citrus scents are great at awakening your senses. If you can, light a citrus candle or buy a citrus hand cream or lotion to apply and let the aroma fall around you. You could also add a slice of lemon to some water – which is also a fantastic health kick – or simply eat an orange as a snack.
5- Eat energy boosting foods
Probably the most obvious tip to boost your energy is to eat something – but not just any old thing. Try bringing some energy filled snacks to work like a banana, nuts or some goji berries for a long-lasting pick-me-up. Also, for the days ahead, incorporate some high protein foods into your lunches to get you through the afternoon until dinner. Try adding salmon, rich in brain-boosting omega-3, eggs, and B-vitamins, which are responsible for converting food into energy, or quinoa, a nutritious superfood packed with protein.
6- Drink water
If your body is short of fluids, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue. Dehydration can affect your brain function, mood and energy levels, so if you feel like you’re lagging, pour yourself some water!
7- Limit alcohol
Out for a lunch with friends? Try limiting the amount of alcohol you consume since the sedative effect of alcohol is especially strong at midday. Similarly, avoid a five o’clock cocktail if you want to have energy in the evening. If you’re going to drink, do so in moderation, and at a time when you don’t mind having your energy wind down.
8- Be social
Quick chat-breaks at work can work a wonder in getting you out of a slump. Alerting the senses through cracking a few jokes is a great way to de-stress and lighten your mood. Social isolation can cause low mood and tiredness, so don’t get totally tied to your desk or avoid plans to meet up with friends.
9- Have something to look forward to
Making plans for post-work hours are easy ways to help keep you focused and excited throughout your day. Even if you’re looking forward to a holiday, which isn’t until later in the year, exciting thoughts can always perk you up.
I hope these tips have helped and you’ll be able to get out of any future energy slumps. Why not start your days off right with some more advice on how to wake up feeling fresh?