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Avoiding the Afternoon Energy Slump

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 13 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Avoiding The Afternoon Energy Slump

During a long working day it is common to experience energy slumps. When lunch is a long way off or too far gone, it can feel hard to concentrate and do your best. However, it is possible to keep energy levels on an even keel throughout the day and avoid those slumps. By eating the right things at the right time and listening to your body’s needs you can make the most of every time of the day.

The Right Snacks

When you are lacking energy and need a quick fix it can be tempting to reach for the nearest sugary snack. However, this will only act as a short term fix and after reaching a peak your energy levels will soon slump back down again. Choosing fruit or nuts is a much better natural alternative. Plan ahead and have something healthy and energy boosting to hand when you need it.

Think About Lunch

At lunch time you may feel the need for some carb heavy food to fill you up and give you a boost but it won’t help you get through the afternoon. This kind of food will weigh you down and stump your energy levels. You are much better eating fruit, vegetable and protein that release energy slowly though the afternoon.

Drink Water

Studies show that drinking lots of water and keeping your body hydrated helps you concentrate and work to your full potential. In fact, some schools insist that pupils always carry water with them. Make sure that you stay hydrated at work by keeping a bottle of water on your desk or opt for fruit teas instead. Watch your tea and coffee intake as well because drinking too much can have the opposite effect and dehydrate you.

Take a Break

One of the best ways to find your focus again is to step away from your work and do something else. Whether it is working on a different project, having a chat with a colleague or just getting up to make a cup of tea, it will give your brain a rest. Often when you concentrate too much on one thing you can’t see it clearly anymore. Making sure you take regular breaks will actually make you more productive than working straight through.

Get Up and Out

Getting up and taking a walk is a great way to get your mind on track. Even a quick walk around the office will get your blood flowing and make you feel more energised. Even better, if possible, is to get out the office all together and get some fresh air. This will help wake you up and re-invigorate you.

Experiencing an energy slump at work doesn’t need to mean the end to a productive day. There are plenty of ways to give yourself a boost but it is even better to prevent them happening in the first place. Drink plenty of water, stock up on healthy energising snacks and make sure you give yourself regular breaks to get up and about.

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