November 13, 2020 at 2:22pm | Ann Nguyen


The midday slump. We’ve all had it—that sluggish, grumpy slowdown period around 3 or 4 p.m., when the caffeine has worn off, lunch is a memory and all you want is to put your head down on your desk.


To kickstart your energy level and boost your productivity, take a few minutes to try some of these midday habits suggested by personal trainers:


Take a short walk. A little fresh air will do wonders, but if you can’t get outdoors, a jog up the stairs or a walk through the corridors may help get your adrenaline going. 


Drink a glass of ice water. It will wake you up, boost your metabolism, and help you feel refreshed.


Have an energy-rich snack. Try a handful of nuts, a cup of yogurt, or apple slices with peanut butter. Avoid candy, which may give you a quick rush but leave you more bogged down than you were before.


Make a list for the rest of the day. Listing chores and family or social plans through the evening can help to clear your head and get you focused.


Do some deep breathing. Just a few minutes of deep breathing exercise can help to clear your head and get you energized.


Clean out your email clutter. Cleaning out your inbox during a lull in the afternoon can help you to feel productive, organized, and ready to finish out the day.


Read an inspirational quote. Don’t underestimate the power of words to jog you into action. Keep a book of quotes handy or search online and find a quote that charms and motivates you.


Clean off your desk. A little filing, stacking, and sensible tossing may help to make you feel organized and in charge.


Listen to some music. A few minutes spent listening to some energetic music may be all you need to clear your head.

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