I’ve just had the most lovely four-day weekend in LA, but unfortunately mini-vacations come with consequences. I’m finding it really hard to get back into the work grind.
I’m basically just daydreaming of sunshine and wishing I could be laying in bed. I’m also finding the afternoons particularly sluggish, even more so than usual. I think most people find themselves the least productive in the afternoon because lunch is digesting and the morning coffee high has worn off.
If you’re having trouble focusing or end up feeling blah in the afternoon like me, here are some tips to beat the afternoon slump:
1. Drink tea.
Tea contains theanine which improves cognition while at the same time making you feel relaxed. Since the afternoon often brings with it the strong desire for a nap, tea can perk you up without the dehydrating effects of another cup of coffee. My favorite teas for the afternoon are green tea, black tea, and peppermint tea.
2. Snack on dark chocolate.
I’m not sure about you, but I tend to get cravings for junk food in the afternoon. Luckily, dark chocolate exists. In addition to making you feel warm and fuzzy inside, the flavonoids in cocoa have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve mood, and potentially increase mental focus.
3. Spray rosewater.
Not only does it smell divine, but rosewater can help fight stress and help boost positivity. Spraying rosewater on your face will make you feel refreshed while hydrating and nourishing your skin.
4. Get some fresh air.
I love going for walks during my work breaks because I always feel a million times better after some fresh air. Getting outside will switch your focus to something other than work, and a change of environment will wake up your mind and make you feel a little more alive. Just opening a window helps.
5. Do yoga at your desk.
You might get weird looks if you’re in an office, but squeezing in a few stretches at your desk will help you feel more awake (and possibly like a limber yoga goddess…or not). Try this 5-minute video from Adrienne, and encourage your coworkers to join in!
6. Listen to music.
Music can drastically improve your mood, especially when all you’ve been listening to is the phone ringing or the incessant tapping of your keyboard. Spotify has some great playlists like Mood Booster or Creativity Boost.
7. Use a diffuser.
I have this teeny-tiny desk diffuser that I use at work to basically blast good vibes at myself. Lemon, peppermint, and rosemary are great essential oils for boosting energy levels, improving focus, and feeling rejuvenated. I also recommend this Aura Cacia Creative Juice essential oil blend.
How do you perk yourself up in the afternoon?
Photo: Melissa Green