Is it 3:00 or is it just me? Once the clock starts rolling around to those afternoon hours I pretty much hit a brick wall and start opening all the cabinet doors looking for some stray candy or I start thinking about going out to get a cup of coffee. I have friends who religiously drink Cokes or Red Bulls or they’ll hit the vending machines to get a candy bar.
Many people complain of the mid-day slump they feel during a workday or the lack of energy they have after a long day. The good news is that energy can be increased without adding chemicals and other toxins to your body so you can help fight fatigue and get more done!
Here are 9 ways to naturally increase your energy while also avoiding a hit to the wallet every afternoon.
1. Get Some Sunshine
Even during cold winter months, sunshine can have a big effect on your overall health. Go outside during your lunch break and soak up some sun for 10-20 minutes or spend some time sitting near a sunny window to boost your mood and your energy.
2. Physical Activity
While being in the sun is good for your energy, adding a walk outdoors during your break can increase energy even more. Exercise helps to boost your energy levels to fend off fatigue. Activity is especially important if you sit for extended periods of time during the day.
Another way to sneak activity into your afternoon is to find an empty conference room to do a set of jumping jacks or run the stairs for a few minutes. Anything to get that blood flowing!
3. Find the Funny
Watch hidden camera prank videos on YouTube or spend time with the funniest person in the office or read funny stories online to get laughing when you feel tired. Laughter is known for elevating your energy levels while at the same time decreasing blood pressure.
4. Drink the H2O
When the body is dehydrated it will lose energy so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration. Dehydration is actually a huge factor in feeling fatigued so make sure your urine in practically clear. If it is then you’ll know you’ve had enough water. If it’s yellow, get a glass and fill it up with the good stuff.
There are certain scents like peppermint, lemon, oranges, or jasmine that have been shown to increase a person’s level of energy. Find these scents in soaps, lotions, candles, essential oils, incense sticks, potpourri, or air fresheners to revive you .
6. Breathe Deeply
Many people don’t even realize they don’t breathe properly on a regular basis. Taking shallow breaths when busy is common. In order to relax and renew your energy, learn some easy deep breathing techniques that can supply your lungs with fresh air and revive your energy levels.
7. Bend Over
Go to the bathroom, bend over, and dangle your head between your knees. That rush of blood to your head will give you a burst of energy.
If you’ve got a smart phone you can get tons of quality apps for free that will help you meditate. One of my faves is called Headspace. Meditating allows the anxiety and pent up stress that can zap energy slip away.
9. Cat Nap
If you have the luxury of being able to take a nap during the day, please do it! Everyone (me) who can’t wishes they could so you’ve got to take advantage (please).
When fatigue sets in try perfecting a cat nap in the middle of the day. Close your eyes for up to 30 minutes to recharge your batteries. Don’t nap longer than 30 minutes or you’ll be even more tired when you open your eyes back up.
Do you have an expensive afternoon caffeine or sugar habit? Do you have any ways to recharge naturally that I missed?
Image source: Mike Schmid