We’ve all experienced the midday slump. You feel all energised in the morning and then after lunch settles in, you start wishing there were more hours in the day. How am I going to get it all done? As it turns out, “powering through” is usually not the answer. Taking a few moments to reset your mind and your body, be it by chatting with a colleague or taking a walk around the block, is sometimes all you need to put yourself back in productivity mode. Read on for a few hacks you can use to reboot the next time you start looking at the clock.
Maintain a balanced diet during office hours. Consuming too much sugar, too many high-fat foods, or lots of carbs will leave you feeling drained, sluggish, and unable to concentrate. When you ingest too many empty carbs (a.k.a. sugar) and not enough protein, you’re setting yourself up for a blood sugar spike and brutal downfall. Try to have a balanced lunch with equal parts protein and carbs, and keep protein-filled snacks nearby. We love raw almonds, dark chocolate squares, blueberries, and avocados as snack options. This is how to avoid the 4 p.m. slump.
Take a few moments each day to really be present with your thoughts. Lunch is a great time to focus on nothing but the meal in front of you. Try to eat mindfully and appreciate the nutrients you are consuming. Then you can get back to the organised chaos that is the workday.
Steve Jobs used to practice what he called the “discipline” of meditation. “If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time, it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things—that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before,” Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson.
How do you keep focused during the late-afternoon slump? Share with us in the comments.
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