You get into the office feeling refreshed having slept well last night. You crush all the e-mails in your inbox, fire off your variance report a day early and even manage to calm down a cantankerous customer. Then 2:30pm hits and you’re dragging yourself to the coffee pot, wondering if you’ll even be able to make it back to your desk. The dreaded afternoon slump! Don’t worry friend, you can avoid this common fate. Here are some tips to help you out:
DRINK WATER: No, water doesn’t have caffeine in it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t help pick you up. Staying well hydrated can keep that sleepy feeling at bay. Water also quenches the hunger pangs, or thirst warnings in disguise, that can send you towards the afternoon-perk-me-up cookies. If water is too boring, try jazzing it up with lemon slices or fresh mint or frozen berries.
MOVE: Not a big surprise, coming from us. So do it! Working out at lunch is a great way to keep in shape and get you revved up for the afternoon, but not everyone is into a mid-day sweat session. Try getting out for a relaxing walk on your lunch break to re-energize for the afternoon! Still too much effort? Even just standing up during phone calls, stretching a bit throughout the day or taking a five-minute walk around the office when you feel the yawns coming on can help keep you awake, alive, alert and enthusiastic.
EAT ALL THE THINGS: Not in the way you’re thinking. Don’t: stuff your face with everything in sight. Do: eat a balanced meal with carbohydrates, protein and good fats. Choose complex carbs like sweet potato, a lean protein source like chicken or fish, and a healthy fat like olive oil or avocado. Stuffing an extra large poutine in your face (all simple carbs and bad fats) might be the reason you face-plant at your desk mid-afternoon.
Can’t use these suggestions because moving causes you pain or you need a little help choosing the right foods for lunch? No worries, that’s what we’re here for. You can schedule an appointment with our physiotherapists or nutritionist by calling the Orleans, Barrhaven or Westboro office of Ottawa Physiotherapy and Sports Clinics.