Wednesday 22 November 2017

Best ways to beat that 2pm slump

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Research has shown that the most common time for energy slumps is 2.16pm in the afternoon, when workers feel drained and unable to concentrate.

Whenever you feel a dip in energy, and still have a way to go before leaving for home, try a few tips to return to alertness.

  • Link your hands, push your arms out in front of you and then raise them above your head.

Lift your shoulders up towards your ears and gently roll them backwards.

Extend your legs out in front of you and point and flex your toes.

Hug your knees, one at a time, in towards your chest.

  • The energy boost of a sugary snack wears off quickly. Instead have fresh or dried fruit or nuts, which are a healthy and long-lasting source of energy.

If you must have chocolate, choose a few squares of good-quality plain chocolate. It contains less sugar and the richness means you need less to feel satisfied.

  • Sitting in front of a computer all day can leave you tired and aching. Take regular breaks. At least once an hour get up, move around and stretch your legs.

A few deep breaths and stretches will boost your circulation and also help to wake you up.

  • Drink water -- if you don't drink enough of it you'll feel sleepy, be less able to concentrate and may get headaches.
  • Acupressure points -- touching acupressure points stimulates the nerves and redistributes your energy.

The most effective point is in the middle of the top of your head. Tapping it gently for two or three minutes will leave you feeling energised.

  • Changing work focus -- breaking your 'to-do' list into small, manageable tasks and taking a short break after each one will help you stay focused.

Leave the simple jobs for early afternoon so you don't have to concentrate too hard.

  • Go light on lunch -- the biggest cause of that sleepy feeling is overdoing it at lunch time.
  • If nothing is working and you feel completely drained, get up and go for a brisk walk. It only needs to be five or 10 minutes -- just make sure you get your heart rate up a bit.

Irish Independent

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