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Afternoon Pick Me Ups

afternoon pick me up

Did you know that there are solar powered human beings? As the sun rises, so does their energy levels. But as the sun goes down, energy levels get sapped. If you are one of these people, you might be looking for ways to charge your internal batteries. Here are some great ideas that does not involve coffee.

Workout

Avoid feeling sleepy and tired by hitting the gym during your lunch break. Do some light aerobic exercises that can boost energy levels while getting your heart going. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, try some deskercises you can do at work.

Go Out Into The Daylight

Step outside or have lunch in the sunshine instead of in front of your desk. Going out into the sunlight to eat, walk, or work can help reset your melatonin (sleep hormone) levels so that they are kept low.

Choose Protein Not Carbs

Carbs are energy sapping thanks to tryptophan. Carb-loaded meals make you drowsy, so choose energy giving protein instead of carbs for your midday meal.

Enjoy Teatime

Instead of a cup of java as a pick me up, switch to tea instead. Tea has less caffeine, so it’s perfect for the much-needed caffeine boost but won’t keep you awake all night. Get into the habit of reaching for a cup of tea as a midday drink.

Take A Powernap

Sometimes, the best way to get reenergized is to take a powernap. Catnaps are around 10-20 minutes and can power adults for an additional 4 to 6 hours, just enough energy boost to get through the day.

Avoid Sugar

Many people think that sugar gives energy. This is true but the downside to a sugar high is a sugar crash. Eating sugar gives you energy, but once the crash hits, you end up feeling sleepy.

Stay Hydrated

Being dehydrated has sleepy side-effects. Fight off sleepiness by making sure you’re hydrated by drinking lots of water.

Stand Up, Walk Around

Getting on your feet, stretching or walking around can help fight sleepiness during the day. This will get your blood flowing, clearing your mind and re-sharpening your focus.

Skip The Alcohol

We all know that wine and alcoholic beverage make us sleepy, so make it a point to skip it during the daytime. Aside from this, avoid getting drunk during the week, which can cause hangovers and sleepiness at work. If you must drink, keep it to a glass or two.

Get Enough Sleep

This should be a no-brainer, but many people are neglecting this. We all need different amounts of sleep but generally speaking, adults need at least 8 hours per day of shut-eye. Sleep is the body’s reset button. It heals the body so it can perform at its optimum during the day. Get at least 8 hours every night to avoid feeling sleepy during the day.

Try these tips instead of curling up inside your cubicle. By following these tips you remain productive and on top of your game.

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