Have you ever sat at your desk in the afternoons, battling your eyelids as they try to close up on you? We’ve all experienced low energy levels after lunch and it’s common to feel tired with declining concentration after a busy morning.
You might think that things like coffee and sugar will help, but both are temptations to avoid as they will lead you to an energy crash once they wear off. Sleeping at your desk and forgetting important points in meetings isn’t going to win you any brownie points in the office and making just a few changes in the morning and after lunch can prevent you from feeling like an extra off a zombie film.
1.) The most important meal of the day!
Start your day off with a bowl of porridge with chopped banana that’ll keep you fuller for longer. Porridge is high in healthy fibre and bananas are a good-mood brain food that will help you feel ready for the day ahead.
2.) Get some shut eye
Make sure you get enough sleep the night before so you’re not
reaching for a sugar fix early on in the day. A good night sleep can help you concentrate better, improve your memory, lead to improved judgement, problem-solving and creativity.
3.) Put away the junk food and snacks!
Eat a well-balanced meal at lunchtime with protein, carbohydrates and plenty of vegetables in to give you a steady boost, keeping hunger at bay and your hands away from sugary snacks.
4.) Get more exercise!
If you’re not physically fit, it can lead to dipping energy levels, particularly when sitting at a desk staring in front of a computer all day. Go for a walk on your lunchtime or do some stretches on your legs, back and arms for 10-15 seconds each.
5.) Train your brain
Boost your brain with Lumosity and build your own personalised training programme. Or, try Brain Metrix and take part in a brain fitness programme that will allow you to train just like at the gym, test your memory and reflexes, improve concentration and have greater mind fitness.
6.) Keep hydrated
People often mistake thirst for hunger and end up overeating. Water is free from excess sugar and is a cheaper alternative to increasing energy levels. By keeping a spare bottle on you it’s easy to top up in work and adding a lemon or lime can be refreshing pick me up.
By following some of the above tips, you can beat the dreaded afternoon slump and avoid falling asleep at your desk – for more tips of feeling good, check out our healthy living section for more of life’s little tips, or much down on some brain boosting foods.