Combating that Midday Slump

"You definitely shouldn't pound three shots of espresso at 2pm every day."

- doctors everywhere

The midday slump is real and thousands of people, particularly those with office jobs, experience it every day. It’s something that can’t be fixed with (yet another) cup of coffee, at least not in a healthy, long-term way. That’s why we compiled a list of 5 quick but powerful solutions to that afternoon bout of drowsiness.

1. Meditate

It might seem a little biased that our first recommendation for curing the midday slump is to meditate. But, hear us out. Our intern once described meditation as “waking up from a two-hour nap without having to actually sleep for two hours,” and much of the community agrees. The right meditation can be energizing and sitting up straight for just 5 minutes at a time been proven to lower stress, clear brain fog, and increase productivity. Try this awesome energizing meditation from the Just Sit Series. 

2. Do a Few Minutes of Yoga

Most office spaces don’t exactly scream “this is an optimal place to exercise.” But, research tells us that getting our blood flowing, even if it’s just for a minute or two, is immensely powerful in terms of alertness and productivity. Try this yoga sequence that doesn’t even require stretchy pants and is perfect for your lunch break. 

3. Eat a Light Lunch

Food comas, like the afternoon slump, are all too real. We know it’s tempting to go out at lunch and eat a huge plate of pasta, but keeping your carbs and sugar to a minimum and keeping your protein high will help you stay productive all day long. Try this easy superfood quinoa bowl recipe from GimmieSomeOven.com

4.Go for a Walk

If you’re not quite up for yoga in the office, consider a more incognito approach to boosting your energy. Talk a walk on your break, walk around while you’re on that 2pm conference call, or just talk the long route back from the bathroom. If you’re a boss, consider holding a walking meeting. The most important thing is to get your blood pumping and to give yourself an opportunity to work your muscles a little bit. 

5. Breathe (But, like in a Specific Way)

If you’re bound and determined not to leave your chair or you’re looking for a particularly quick solution, try to 4-7-8 breathing technique. It has been proven to improve focus and lower stress. Here’s how you do it:
1. Breathe in through your nose for 4 counts
2. Hold your breath for 7 counts
3. Blow the air out of your mouth for 8 counts.
Repeat at least 4 times. 

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