Have you ever come back from your lunchbreak to find yourself battling heavy eyelids? Most working people have experienced this low energy slump, it’s very common to have lower concentration levels and feelings of lethargy as the clock slips into the afternoon.
People commonly look to coffee and sugar to give them a kick into the afternoon, however both temptations should be avoided as the peaks they provide always lead to a crash and that same low energy feeling. Snoozing at your desk and slapdash work quality isn’t going to make you very popular around the office, by making a few changes you can keep the energy in the morning consistent through to the afternoon and make yourself feel less like an extra from a zombie film.
If you are constantly asking yourself ‘why do I feel so tired?’ then here are a few things to consider including in your daily routine which could give you the energy boost you need!
Eat your breakfast!
There’s a good reason why breakfast is referred to as 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. Our Nakd Breakfast Bars are designed especially for this part of the day, they’re soft in texture and come in four inspiring flavours! Perfect as a commuter snack or as a dipping accomplice to a mug of breakfast tea.
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. Explore this topic more in our article which dissects the surprising benefits of sleep.
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.
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. Here are some great ways you can use your work breaks effectively.
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.
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.