Eternal Lifestyles » energy/fatigue http://eternallifestyles.com Live Healthy, Live Long, Live Young Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:03:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 Keeping Your Energy Up Even During the Mid Day Slump http://eternallifestyles.com/keeping-your-energy-during-mid-day-slump/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keeping-your-energy-during-mid-day-slump http://eternallifestyles.com/keeping-your-energy-during-mid-day-slump/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 11:51:44 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=208 It’s common to hit a mid day slump at about two o’clock in the afternoon and feel ready to take a nap. We lose all our energy and just want to curl up and sleep or lounge somewhere and do mindless activities. But the world doesn’t stop at mid-day and there is still plenty of […]

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It’s common to hit a mid day slump at about two o’clock in the afternoon and feel ready to take a nap. We lose all our energy and just want to curl up and sleep or lounge somewhere and do mindless activities.

But the world doesn’t stop at mid-day and there is still plenty of stuff that needs to get done!

Being lazy doesn’t make you feel any better either; it just keeps us from getting important things accomplished which will only serve to stress us out later on. There really isn’t much that is satisfying about being lazy, especially not if you do it day after day.

But don’t rush for the coffee or those (terrible) energy shots just quite yet. There are better ways to keep you going and feeling alert and awake through the last few hours of your work day.

  1. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Our bodies need it to rest and restore themselves. But don’t overdo it either. Oversleeping can leave you feeling just as tired as under-sleeping.
  2. Stay hydrated. You should be drinking plenty of water during the day; there is a reason why you always hear about the “eight cups” rule. Your body needs water to keep itself going so make sure it gets it.
  3. Keep yourself active during the day. Even if you work a desk job, you should get up and do some stretches if you can. And if you can swing it, try taking a short walk around the office to get your legs moving. Sitting stagnant all day is only going to keep you feeling drowsy.
  4. Drink some green or oolong tea. Both of these teas have tons of health benefits and can help keep you feeling alert during the day. Throw a little lemon into a cup of green tea and feel your body waking up.
  5. Eat some citrus fruit. There is a reason that a lot of people drink orange juice in the morning. Fruits like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit can really make you feel more energized and ready to go, so try to snack on them during the day. Or add lemon juice to some water for a more subtle kick in the butt.
  6. Cut down on your sugar intake. While ingesting sugar can give us a temporary high there is always the inevitable crash. Eating a lot of sugar can weaken our immune systems and leave us feeling drained. Stay away from the candy bars and leftover office birthday cake. It’s not worth it.
  7. On the same note, try to stay away from fatty/greasy foods such as fast food as well. They’re heavy and often leave you feeling like there is a lump in your stomach that slows you down and sucks out your motivation. Replacing these foods with healthier alternatives (fresh salad, yogurt, fruits, raw nuts, etc) can really improve your overall mood and energy levels.

There is no need to fall victim to the mid day slump. We are all perfectly capable of powering through our work day and accomplishing our goals, we just have to make sure we are making the right decisions.

Don’t complain about having no energy – instead have a cup of green tea, take a walk to get your blood flowing, and take a salad over a burger. It will work wonders for you.

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Overcoming the Mid Afternoon Slump at Work http://eternallifestyles.com/overcome-mid-afternoon-slump-work/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=overcome-mid-afternoon-slump-work http://eternallifestyles.com/overcome-mid-afternoon-slump-work/#comments Thu, 04 Apr 2013 11:33:45 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=378 Overcoming a mid afternoon slump at work  isn’t always easy.   Especially when that sleepiness you did so well at shaking off in the morning starts creeping back in after lunch. What you had going on in the morning often isn’t always happening the same way in the afternoon.  Thoughts begin creeping toward the evening, […]

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Overcoming a mid afternoon slump at work  isn’t always easy.   Especially when that sleepiness you did so well at shaking off in the morning starts creeping back in after lunch.

What you had going on in the morning often isn’t always happening the same way in the afternoon.  Thoughts begin creeping toward the evening, dinner, your bed; seemingly everywhere but the tasks at hand.

But staying motivated in the afternoon doesn’t have to be difficult either. There are things you can do to keep those afternoon motivation killers away and get through the rest of the day.

Food: Food can be your worst enemy in the afternoon, or it can be your best friend. Most people become tired after eating lunch, and it’s why so many countries around the world take an afternoon nap.

Keeping that food sitting in your stomach while you doze isn’t the best idea for staying fit and healthy long-term, however. And not everyone has the option of catching a few Z’s after the sun’s reached its peak.

A better approach is to eat small portions of food as the afternoon wears on.

Keep fruits and healthy nuts like almonds and walnuts at your desk or nearby to fend off cravings, keep your metabolism going and help you stay productive.

Exercise: When you feel your motivation slipping at work in the afternoon, get up and get moving. Take a quick jaunt around the office, or do a quick activity like jumping  jacks or push ups if your work space allows it.   At the very least stand up and do a short stretching routing.  Even a quick walk down to the water cooler will get your blood flowing, and help you refocus your thoughts.

Try standing up at your desk for a while; there are probably plenty of things you can do that don’t require sitting.

You don’t have to do a lot.  A few quick exercise moves or full body movements from time-to-time might be all you need and, at the very least, are always better than doing nothing.

Rest: It might sound counter-intuitive  but getting a quick rest in between busy, or boring, things at work can really do a lot to keep you motivated and energized.

It’s recognized around the world, that everyone falls into the afternoon doldrums occasionally. Students in China stop work at three o’clock each day for eye finger massages and exercises.

Of course, you probably can’t take a nap at work.  But just sitting back and breathing deeply while relaxing for a few minutes will do a lot of good keeping you focused and motivated to continue on until the end of the day.

A little caffeine: Obviously a cup of a coffee can give you temporary relief from that afternoon slump, so I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know there.  But if you’re trying to cut back on caffeine there are  other lower caffeinated drinks that provide a similar jolt like coffee does – without the jitters.  Drinks like green tea, oolong tea and yerba mate are a few of them.

Green Tea typically has only 20-30mg caffeine per cup (compared to 160mg per cup of coffee.)  but is able to provide a similar effect due to high levels of the amino acid L-theanine.

L-theanine has a calming affect that helps eliminate the jitters caused by caffeine, as well as aiding with concentration and mental energy.  Exactly what you might need to get through those last couple hours of work.

While Yerba Mate has more caffeine than Green Tea, it still has 1/4 the caffeine of a 16oz. Starbucks coffee. [1]  It provides it’s similar, non-jittery effect with a combination of caffeine and other similar compounds (xanthines)

Yerba Mate also contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including magnesium, potasium, 15 amino acids, and the beneficial plant compound quercetin.

Do you have any tips for overcoming the mid afternoon work crash and staying motivated?

[1] http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/brewed-coffee/clover-brewed-coffee

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