We tend to be the most productive in the morning. Our minds are fresh and we’re ready to get to work! Come post lunch, however, our productivity tends to dwindle and we’re often left feeling in a brain fog.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Beat the post-lunch energy slump with these three effective techniques.
Consume a healthy lunch.
Not only does consuming a healthy lunch increase your productivity, it can boost your energy throughout the afternoon.
By incorporating omega-3 rich foods such as salmon and healthy carbs like brown rice and sweet potato into your lunch box, your brain will receive the nutrients it needs to function optimally- and your body will have plenty of energy to power you through the afternoon.
The Rootastes summer menu is loaded with healthy ingredients that will help you beat the post lunch slump, including grilled chicken, gluten-free pasta, beets, and a variety of healthy grain bases.
Nothing clears stagnant energy like moving! Head outside for a walk in the sunshine, or try some workercise exercises that can be done right at your desk. According to the Harvard Business Review, any type of physical movement will temporarily boost your alertness and energy levels.
Even f you don’t have time to go for a 20-minute walk, you can enjoy the benefits of movement by taking frequent bursts of movement breaks throughout your afternoon.
Sometimes we need to be still to recharge. Short naps make you more productive and creative through boosting alertness, but be sure not to nap too long or you’ll wake up feeling groggy and have difficulty falling asleep at night.
You could also try meditating, which encourages the release of thoughts while focusing on the breath. Unlike napping, meditating boosts melatonin levels while reducing stress. Meditating also has many of the same brain boosting benefits as naps as well as the added perk of physical benefits, such as in the immune and cardiovascular systems. And always be sure to set yourself up for success by getting a full night’s sleep.
By utilizing these three techniques, you’ll feel zippy all afternoon!
Meg is a dreamer, entrepreneur, and homesteader based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loves her cats, feasting, and road trips in her green VW Bug.