7 ways to beat that afternoon slump…

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If you’re like many people, shortly after lunch your head begins  buzzing, your concentration plummets, your eyes droop and the top of  your desk begins to look as cozy as a feather mattress.

Here are 7 ways  to stay awake at work:

1. Head outside and sit in the daylight for 10 minutes.  Better still, have your lunch outside and divide your break between  eating and a walk. It will help reset your chronological clock, keep  down the amount of melatonin (the sleep hormone) your body produces  during this circadian dip and give you a valuable boost of beneficial  vitamin D, reducing your risk of osteoporosis as well as various  cancers.

2. Choose activating protein not energy-sapping carbs.  So a tuna salad without the bread is a better choice than a tuna  sandwich. A green salad sprinkled with low-fat cheese, a hardboiled egg  and some sliced turkey wins over a pasta salad. The change can really  make a difference.

3. Enjoy teatime. Get into the routine of a mid-afternoon cup.  It’s a good step towards beating the afternoon doldrums thanks to that  little bit of a caffeine burst and the few quiet minutes it entails.  Keep a selection of exotic flavored teas (preferably caffeinated) in  your office and an aesthetically pleasing cup just for tea.

4. Clean your desk and clear out your email inbox.  Both are relatively mindless tasks that don’t require great amounts of  concentration or clear thinking, and both will leave you feeling more  energized because you’ll have accomplished something visible as well as  having reduced energy-sapping clutter.

5. Make an “I was thinking of you” phone call.  To your spouse, child, siblings, parents, a friend or a retired  colleague. A 5 minute keep-in-touch call will lift your spirits for  hours and reinvigorate you to get your work done.

6. Put a drop of peppermint oil  in your hand and briskly rub your hands together, then rub them over  your face (avoid your eyes). Peppermint is a known energy-enhancing  scent.

7. Roll your shoulders forwards, then backwards, timing each roll with a deep breath in and out. Repeat for 2 minutes.

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