How to Boost Your Energy Level in the Afternoon – by WikiHow

By WikiHow

Work days are long enough without having to deal with afternoon sluggishness. There are ways that you can boost your energy level in the afternoon so that the rest of your day doesn’t drag on. Just remember that some steps require a change in your everyday habits in order to be effective.

Steps

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    Wake up your mind in the afternoon with some energetic music and sing along. If the 80s was your favorite music era, play the songs that cheered you up and got you rocking along. If you can’t have it loud at work, consider ear phones and notice your motivation increase.

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      Avoid food comas that cause sluggishness by eating smaller meals and adding snacks. This would mean that you would eat around 6 times a day. Eat a larger breakfast to get you through your day, but opt for a light lunch and dinner. Avoid high carb and sugar laden lunches, as they will make you less productive for the rest of your day.

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      Grab an afternoon snack that’s low in sugar and high in nutrition, such as nonfat yogurt, trail mix, sliced apple with peanut butter, or a granola bar. Fresh berries are a great midday energy booster.

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      Treat yourself to a piece or 2 of dark chocolate for that afternoon shot of caffeine. Dark chocolate is also high in flavonoids, a natural health-promoting substance. Just remember to eat in moderation.

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      Dodge midday sluggishness by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. When your body is hydrated it is more energized. Limit the amount of caffeine you drink, as that will work against the hydration process, and stay away from energy drinks since they only offer a short-term boost that results in a crash.

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      Pour yourself a cup of black tea for an afternoon energy boost. Studies show that tea helps reduce stress by speeding up the body’s recovery process.

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      Wash the day’s stress from your mind by splashing cold water onto your face and neck.

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      Take a moment to stretch and breathe. It only takes a few seconds, and the sensation of a stretch can be surprisingly revitalizing.

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      Break from work for a moment and spend it laughing with friends. Socializing is a great way to feel refreshed, even for just a moment. It takes your mind off stress, and laughing picks up your mood.

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      Go for a walk outside, especially if it’s a beautiful day. The fresh air will give you a great boost of energy and motivation. A brisk walk will get your heart pumping and your body and mind will no longer feel sluggish, and including a regular exercise regimen into your afternoon breaks up the day. Consider attending a gym in the mornings to give you more energy throughout the day. A cardio workout or a calming yoga session will help build your stamina and endurance, while relieving stress.

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