You’re falling asleep sitting up. You can’t focus. You’ve got writer’s block. You’ve hit the 2pm wall and you’ve lost all energy that you once started the day with. I’ve hit it too and believe me when I say that I know that it’s rough. I’m here to try to help you get over (or through, whichever route you want to take) that wall.
First of all, did you know that a vast number of countries around the world have “nap time” after lunch? I experienced this for the first time when I went on a mission trip to Brazil and we had an hour for lunch and an hour or so of down time after that. It was amazing however, it made coming home to reality that much harder. What’s interesting about that is that your body’s natural sleep schedule will tell you to rest around 2pm. It’s brought on by melatonin, your body’s natural chemical that says it’s time to sleep. When we are dragging ourselves out of bed at 7:30am or earlier and pushing through the day until 5pm, our brains are begging for a break! But alas, we aren’t able to stop and take a nap so here’s some tips on how to give your brain a short break and wake up your body to get through your work day!
1. Hydrate Yourself!
Believe it or not, when you’re tired, you’re probably dehydrated. 75% of people know they should drink water but they don’t. In other words, they’re dehydrated-chronically! I get it; I used to be one of the 75%. Shoot, some days I still am but I make a conscience effort to take care of my body. The daily amount that your body needs is half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 lbs, you need to drink 100 oz every day. So get a water bottle or a jug or whatever you need to get it done and make it happen, Captain!
Prepare yourself for a nutrition nerd-out. I love this stuff. Your body uses carbohydrates as fuel. Simple enough, right? Wrong. There are multiple kinds of carbs though (but we’re going to talk about two of them); simple and complex. The difference is that simple carbs turn to sugar after you eat them. You want to keep these out of your diet. Then there are “good carbs” such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, butternut squash, oats, bananas, grapefruit, etc. Same with fats; there are good fats and bad fats. Good fats include avocado, pistachios, almonds, almond butter, hummus, etc. All this to say that if you eat a lunch full of simple carbs, it’s going to bogg you down in the afternoon because it’s kind of like being on a sugar high and after your body burns through it, you’re going to crash.
3. Get Moving!
This point is quite simple: you can’t fall asleep if you’re not sitting still, so GET UP! Work standing at your desk if you can. Take a walk around the office. Go get a (healthy) snack and a drink of water. Do 10 jumping jacks. Just get out of your seat and move your body. Get your blood pumping and wake up your body.
Bonus Point! I personally find benefits in Essential Oils! You can do your own research on that.
The struggle is real. Good luck out there!