It is 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon and you feel like putting your head down on your desk for a quick nap. Sound familiar? You are not alone. Many of us get the afternoon “Slumps” and we are looking for that energy boost to get us through the rest of our day. The problem is that most of us grab a cup of coffee or chocolate for that caffeine boost to get us through. This creates an artificial increase in energy, and it does not last. Let me show you 5 quick healthy energy boosts for your Afternoon.
Some easy and healthy alternatives to caffeine and junk food for your afternoon energy boost
Get the energy flowing with some office chair stretches
Forward bend sitting on you chair
Reach arms to sky and tilt one side then the next
Seated cat cow stretch:
- Place hands on knees, inhale, lift head float the chest, arch the back.
- Exhale, roll shoulders forward, drop head forward, round the back.
- Repeat 4 to 5.
Essential oil pick-me-up
Inhale or diffuse essential oils for a great energy boost
Use a drop on pulse points on your body such as wrists, behind the neck or small amount on the temples
Uplifting oils are peppermint, rosemary, citrus such as orange/lemon or grapefruit
5 Min Energy walk
Your body is telling you something and usually moving around and doing a quick walk is all you need to get the energy flowing
Outside walking is best if you can do this
Walk around your building or better do a couple sets of stairs if available at your workplace
Grab a cup of herbal tea instead of coffee or a big glass of water.
Your body may be telling you that you are dehydrated
A handful of nuts can also give you a great quick boost
Take 2 minutes to ground yourself and breathe deeply
On the inhale visualize new energy and light entering and filling the body
On the exhale visualize any stagnant energy or stress leaving the body
With each breath cycle allow yourself to feel the shift in energy in your body
Do this for 10 breath cycles
We challenge you to try this new routine for at least one week and see how you feel. Many times, making positive changes is just about a small habit change. Tune into your body and notice the difference with these healthy alternatives.
Healthy Habits from Julie Cass – The positive Change