You spent the entire morning successfully powering through the granddaddy of all to-do lists and are about to start organizing your inbox when all of a sudden you hit the proverbial wall: your eyes start to glaze and time seems to grind to a halt. You swear the clock has been stuck at 2:15 for what seems like the last four hours. Sound familiar?
You’re probably feeling the onset of the dreaded mid-day slump — that time after lunch but well before the end of the day when your energy reaches an all-time low and all you can think about is curling up into a ball for a nap.
Try these six energy-boosting tips to stay on the path of productivity:
#1. Switch to Green Tea
Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee. The average cup of coffee contains between 95 to 200 mg of caffeine, while an eight ounce cup of green tea contains about 35 mg of caffeine. Switching over to green tea after lunch gives you that caffeine boost you’re craving without the crash later.
#2. Get moving
The second you spot the slump signs, stand up and move around to get your blood flowing and reduce fatigue. Been inside all day? Step outside to recharge your batteries and invigorate your senses.
#3. Drink some water
You downed your coffee and had a soda at lunch (which is probably another reason you’re now suffering) but how much water have you had today? Fatigue can stem from dehydration, so if you’re feeling a little drowsy drink water.
#4. Sniff an Orange
Or a lemon. Sniffing citrus scents can help boost alertness by waking up your brain and giving you a natural dose of energy.
#5. Take a siesta
Cat naps have been shown to reduce stress levels, revamp your energy levels, and improve productivity, so curl up somewhere for 20-30 minutes and wake up feeling rejuvenated.
#6. Talk it out
Instead of emailing (read: tweeting) your co-worker take a break from staring at the computer screen, stretch your legs, and chat in person to get a short, well-needed break.
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