Get your mojo back pronto
Powered through your assignments at work all morning? Time to reward yourself with a good lunch break. But when you're back at your desk after that, the dreaded afternoon slump hits you and it's impossible to get back into the zone.
Sounds familiar? You're not alone.
Between 2 to 4 in the afternoon, your core temperature begins to drop, which signals to your brain to release melatonin, the sleepy hormone – kind of what happens at night at bedtime, too. It's a human thing!
But fret not - here are some mid-day perk-me-ups (that aren't coffee!).
1. Clean your desk
It's a relatively mindless task you can do while half-asleep, and it'll still leave you feeling more energized after.
Also, it's always good to get rid of unsightly, mood-dipping clutter.
You can do it inconspicuously if you want to avoid weird looks from the new colleague sat across you, too.
Speedily tap your toes on the floor under your desk. Do seated leg raises. Squueze your buttocks until your glutes tire. Suck in your tummy. Press your palm into your forehead and resist the motion by engaging your neck muscles.
Avoid the urge to brew yourself another cup of coffee – hydrate with water.
Keep a big bottle of water in sight so you'll remember to drink up throughout the day. It'll also save you the trouble of making multiple trips to the pantry to refill your cup.
Don't like drinking water? Infuse your water with fruits like lemon or cucumber to add a refreshing zest to your drink.
4. Snack well
Yes, we're asking you to snack.
If you have a sweet tooth, go for some dark chocolate or dried fruit, but avoid sugary, energy-crashing foods like candy or soda.
Or if you're after something savoury, try veggies and hummus. Because everyone likes hummus. Or spiced nuts; a handful of crisps won't hurt, either.
5. Soak in the sun
Probably one of the only times the Singapore heat is something to rejoice over.
Step outside for a breath of fresh air and some sunlight to combat the brain fatigue.
Better still, have your lunch outside and divide your break between eating and a walk in the sun.
6. Try a walking meeting
Got a mid-afternoon meeting? Take it outside the office – while doing a smoothie run, perhaps.
Hang in there!
By Pinky Chng, May 2016