Looking for a way to beat the mid-day slump at work? Some of these techniques may work better for you than others. To get the maximum benefits, try a few in combination over several weeks to see how your body and mind respond.
1. Try ‘Deskercise’!
To get the blood flowing, try going for a walk or do some desk squats. These can be done by moving your chair back a few centimeters and placing your feet shoulder-width apart. Then bend at the knees as if you were going to sit in the chair until you begin to feel the cushion beneath you, and stand back up in one motion.
2. Eat Strategically
Some foods naturally stimulate the brain and help you maintain focus. Pairing carbohydrates and protein can help you achieve a state of sustained energy. Whole grain carbs take longer to digest – allowing you to get energy from them over a longer period of time. To kick your focus up a notch, add in a protein and some leafy greens like as spinach or kale which are rich in vitamin B folate and vitamin K, which contribute to improved brain function and focus.
3. Aaaand… Breathe….
Did you know that our oxygen intake can impact your focus? Breathing exercises can actually help increase your oxygen intake, relax you and allow you to work smarter. While sitting in a chair, place your shoulders firmly against the back of your seat and sit up straight. Breathe out as much air as you can, and then inhale slowly from your diaphragm, taking in as much air as possible. Hold for a count of five and exhale slowly. Repeat this 10 times.
4. Reach for that Red Bull
Caffeine is popular for good reason. As the world’s most consumed psychoactive substance, it clears your head, improves focus and gets your body going. The 80mg caffeine in a Red Bull (about the same as a cup of filter coffee) actually puts a halt to adenosine – the main compound in your brain that makes you sleepy.