We all know the feeling. Everything is going fine until bam! 15h00 hits and you would easily sell your own grandma for a packet of crisps. Here are five quick to tips to help you increase your energy without compromising any healthy habits:
1. Take a deep breath
Slumped over in front of a computer isn’t exactly the best position for breathing. When fatigue hits, take five minutes to practice this simple breathing technique:
• Sit up straight.
• Imagine you’re growing taller or that you’re being pulled up by the top of your head towards the sky – this will make you drop your shoulders and straighten your back.
• Place your hands with fingertips touching just below your rib cage over your belly button.
• Inhale deeply through your nose. Your shoulders should stay still, but your chest and diaphragm should expand.
• Exhale through your mouth. Keep your lips pursed to control the exhale.
2. Go for a walk
A brisk, ten-minute walk, preferably outside in the fresh air, can do wonders for your energy levels. The exercise will improve your circulation and breathing more deeply will increase the uptake of oxygen in your bloodstream, helping you think more clearly.
3. Drink a glass of water
Even during a quiet day at the office, it is possible to become dehydrated if you don’t take in enough fluids. And don’t be fooled by all the cups of coffee and tea you drink throughout the day. Coffee and tea (with the exception of herbal teas) are mild diuretics and may actually contribute towards dehydration. Even mild dehydration can make you tired, listless and hamper your concentration, so a glass (or two) of water might be all you need.
4. Eat a snack
Although you might be craving for a high-fat high-carb pick-me-up, a simple apple might do the trick. Fresh fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals and slow releasing energy. No fresh fruit around? Look for a handful of dried fruit.
5. Enjoy a siesta
A short power nap can do wonders for your energy-levels. After all, most people in the Mediterranean can’t be wrong! If it is at all possible, take 15-20 minutes to close your eyes and relax. This may mean disappearing to your car if you cannot find a quiet spot in the office. Even if you don’t fall asleep, this short rest-period will help you relax and reduce your stress-levels and you may spend the rest of the afternoon in super charged mode!