If you find yourself in an afternoon slump each day and generally tired you’re not alone. Chances are most of your colleagues are chugging energy drinks and coffee throughout the day to keep themselves going. Our work often demands so much of us that we forget some of the simple and natural ways to take care of ourselves throughout the day. Kick the unhealthy habits and try these instead:
#1 Start each day with a workout
Get your metabolism moving each morning with some movement or stretching. Take a walk around your neighborhood, lift weights at the gym, do some deep stretching at home or take an early morning yoga class. If you can’t fit this in during the morning, do so over your lunch break or during the evening.
#2 Stop wearing your exhaustion as a badge of honor
You may have heard that “rest is the new hustle” and it’s true. Being exhausted, depleted and hustling your bum off is no longer cool (and wasn’t really in the first place). You may hear colleagues say “I only got 5 hours of sleep last night” or “I worked 14 hours yesterday” with pride. The truth is nobody is impressed by how much you work or how little you take care of yourself. Declare rest as a high priority in your life.
#3 Get some laughter in during your lunch break
It’s true-laughter is the best medicine. Smiling and laughing boost your mood and your energy. I’m sure you’ve experienced having a hard morning at work and after a lunch break with friends laughing together you feel better and more energized? Make is a daily practice. Go to lunch with friends (the positive vibe kind of people) and keep the topics light and fun. Watch funny youtube videos on your phone (Hello cat videos!), listen to a funny podcast or read something that makes you laugh. Your smile will be contagious when you return to your desk.
#4 Keep your blood sugar balanced
As a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I have to bring up diet. Nutrition is key when it comes to keeping your energy high, especially at work. Our work demands us to be on our A-game and you can’t do that if you aren’t feeding your brain- literally. Avoid blood sugar spikes by eating small amounts of food every few hours throughout the day.
I recommend starting your day off with lemon water followed by a green juice (try my celery juice ritual) an hour later. For breakfast or an early lunch make a smoothie to balance your blood sugar. Make your smoothie the night before and take it with you to the office. This smoothie should hold you for several hours. For a mid morning and afternoon snack try celery sticks with avocado, a handful of blueberries and raw, whole almonds or carrot sticks and raw almond butter. For lunch, avoid heavy foods like curries or animal protein and carbs. Instead have a spinach salad with chopped, fresh veggies, avocado, olive oil and lemon juice. In the late afternoon, have a second smoothie or sliced apple with a date.
#5 Do something nice for a colleague
The fastest way to make yourself happy is to make someone else happy. We all know it to be true, but we forget in the hustle and bustle of the day. Ask yourself each day- what can I do today to make someone’s day? Put this message on a sticky note by your computer. Maybe it’s surprising someone with a hot herbal tea you picked up at the cafe nearby on your way in from lunch or writing a personal thank you note to someone about what a great job they are doing with a recent project. Whatever it is, you’ll improve your relationships and your mood by helping someone else have a good day and letting them know that you care.
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