Another day means another dollar to be made, but it also means the dreaded afternoon slump. Think a foggy head, heavy eyelids, non-stop yawning and, of course, that overall feeling of tiredness. Yes, the 3 p.m. slump truly is a term that lives up to its name.
Worse yet, it can be even more challenging with all the distractions when working from home, like so many of us are right now. That's why we've put together easy ways that can help you find a moment of calm and get the right recharge during your afternoon routine.
From taking a well-deserved coffee break to moving around or getting some fresh air, whether you pick and stick to one or two, cycle through a few at a time or try them all, these seven methods will have you soaring through the afternoon slump-free.
Take A Coffee Break
Feeling those 3 p.m. cravings and decrease in energy? You’re not alone — according to research on how circadian rhythms and sleep patterns affect our energy, most of us feel lowest in energy around mid-day. If you’re battling a drop of energy, taking a coffee break will give you an excuse to step away from your screen, take a quick breather, and get the energy you need to tackle the rest of your busy day.
You can enjoy a little breather even if you're a bit short on time thanks to the all-in-one Nescafé Sweet & Creamy coffee that makes taking a coffee break simple and delicious. Just pour an individual packet into a mug, add hot water, stir and enjoy. No sugar, coffee creamer or coffee whitener is required to enjoy an instant pick-me-up that keeps you going day after day.
Make Moves, Then Make Some More
That's right, literally get moving! Just five minutes of body movement can work some serious wonders for your energy levels. It's never been more important to include regular exercise in our daily routines than now, after almost a year of confinement and quarantine.
Try doing a series of jumping jacks, light stretches, some yoga or a quick workout. Lace-up those sneakers and get outside for some fresh air and cardio!
Mind Your Distance
When it comes to your eyes, that is. If you work at a computer, eye strain can do more than just fatigue your precious peepers and cause headaches. It can actually decrease your focus, contributing to the 3 p.m. slump.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. It's a simple trick that can really help turn things around for you.
Break Out The Beats
In the same way that music can get you pumped up for a workout, it can also pep you up midday. Just be sure to leave the slow-jams for the evening hours when you want to unwind.
Instead, opt for something with a more upbeat melody to increase wakefulness, sharpen your senses, and fire up that brain for the next few hours. You'd be surprised how happy it can make you too.
Test Out Different Scents To Awaken Your Senses
Sensory stimulation can help boost your alertness almost instantly. Scents are particularly effective at doing this, so if you like to burn candles or have an essential oil diffuser, this one's for you.
Citrusy smells like orange, lemon and grapefruit are usually best, but herbaceous scents like peppermint and rosemary work too. If scents aren't your thing, you can try awakening your tastebuds instead. Nescafé Sweet & Creamy comes in four delicious flavours so you can get the recharge you need while pleasing your palate.
Do The Doodle
Of all the methods here, this one may just be the most fun. Believe it or not, doodling isn't just for kids. It can really help you focus and destress.
Taking just five minutes to scribble on a notepad (à la gel pens, if you want to be extra fancy) can help you zone in so you can go all in. Plus, who knows what you'll come up with?
Nap Like A Cat
Do as the felines do and take a quick but rejuvenating nap. Keep it in the 10- to 20-minute range so you don't risk oversleeping (which can actually make you feel even groggier!).
You can even take a cat nap during your lunch hour if you don't have the flexibility to do so in the afternoon. Either way, snoozing through the slump can be a great way to reawaken your mind.
With these seven methods, avoiding the 3 p.m. slump can be pretty simple. Also simple (and delicious) is Nescafé Sweet & Creamy coffee, now featuring an all-new refreshed look and recyclable carton so you can feel even better about every sip and get the right recharge to conquer your busy life.
As a popular household staple, it's not surprising that Nescafé created Canada's only range of all-in-one coffee, available in rich and satisfying flavours like Original (perfect for curing your double-double cravings without a trip to the coffee shop), French Vanilla, Mocha, and Caramel.