Thursday, August 25, 2011

Afternoon slump?

If the afternoon seems to be dragging on and you do not have any energy try some of theses remedies:


Head outside and sit in the daylight for 10 minutes.

Better still, have your lunch outside and divide your break between eating and a walk. It will help reset your chronological clock, keep down the amount of melatonin (the sleep hormone) your body produces during this circadian dip.


Choose activating protein not energy-sapping carbs.

So a tuna salad without the bread is a better choice than a tuna sandwich. A green salad sprinkled with low-fat cheese, a hardboiled egg and some sliced turkey wins over a pasta salad. The change can really make a difference.


Enjoy teatime.

Get into the routine of a mid-afternoon cup. It’s a good step towards beating the afternoon doldrums thanks to that little bit of a caffeine burst and the few quiet minutes it entails. Keep a selection of exotic flavored teas (preferably caffeinated) in your office and an aesthetically pleasing cup just for tea.


Clean your desk and clear out your email inbox.

Both are relatively mindless tasks that don’t require great amounts of concentration or clear thinking, and both will leave you feeling more energized because you’ll have accomplished something visible as well as having reduced energy-sapping clutter.


Make an “I was thinking of you” phone call.

To your wife, child, siblings, parents, a friend or a retired colleague. A 5 minute keep-in-touch call will lift your spirits for hours and reinvigorate you to get your work done.


Put a drop of peppermint oil in your hand

Briskly rub your hands together, then rub them over your face (avoid your eyes). Peppermint is a known energy-enhancing scent.


Stretch.

Roll your shoulders forwards, then backwards, timing each roll with a deep breath in and out. Repeat for 2 minutes.


Consider a morsel of dark chocolate.

This is not a license to overindulge, but dark chocolate does have some unique advantages. Unlike milk chocolate, it is truly a healthy food, closer to the category of nuts than sweets, given the high levels of healthy fat and antioxidants it contains. Plus, it has abundant fiber and magnesium. Additionally, it provides a little caffeine, as well as a satisfyingly decadent feeling. But don’t eat more than one square.


Chew some “spicy” gum.

Chewing gums with strong minty flavors are stimulating, and the mere act of chewing is something of a tonic to a brain succumbing to lethargy. Plus, chewing stimulates saliva, which helps to clear out bacteria responsible for cavities and gum disease from lunch. Just be sure to choose sugar-free gum.


Source: RD.com


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