It’s been a hard two years. Productivity is not the same as was touted before by self-care and wellness writers. After going through so many changes, loss and disease in 2020, we need to redefine productivity. We need to redefine our hours of work, work in a flow state and figure how to get through the afternoon energy slump while still getting work done.
Easier said than done right? I lost and buried 7 close relatives in 2020, with my dad passing on Jan 5th, 2021. I know what tired, fatigue, and depression means. I’ve seen it first-hand. I’ve been in the trenches with it. I’ve gone through all that without going on a vacation and still working my 9-5.
Life is for living right?
Whether you’re fatigued, tired or simply tapped out at 2:00 pm, here are tips to help you weather the afternoon slump:
This has been shared so much it feels cliche. Yet, drinking enough water and then some will give your body renewed energy. Have you been feeling worn out, dizzy, and struggling with headaches and migraines? Add fluids to your day to day meals. Water, juice and soups will help you get the energy you need.
Another thing that helped me was adding fruit to my breakfast which usually included tea/coffee and toast. Now there is often a sliced mango or an omellete. Try and eat even when you don’t feel hungry. This will help with feeling worn out.
Work Through Early Morning Till Noon
If you’re having an afternoon energy slump, chances are you’re a morning person. Try working on all the important tasks in the morning. For example, most of my work revolves around marketing and writing, and try to make sure I get it done in the morning.
This works as no one needs my immediate attention at 7:00 am. In the afternoon, I work on administrative tasks such as email and research. These do not require a lot of energy and can get done while listening to music.
Take An Afternoon Nap
The great thing about working from home is that you can use your lunch hour to take an afternoon nap. If you’re struggling with sleep, afternoon naps are a sign of health. According to Sleep Foundation, afternoon naps ease stress, improve learning and boost creativity.
The ideal nap should be 20 minutes long, enough to revive your energy without you feeling sleepy afterwards.
Add Books To Your Daily Routine
Something about books makes me feel like I have more control over my day especially if I read it while taking breakfast. I love reading a book while taking my morning coffee. It can be a fiction book, a non-fiction book, or articles from Medium writers I love.
Try adding books to your morning and evening routine and see the effects it has on your energy levels.