5 Ways to Get Over the Afternoon Slump (Without Caffeine)

August 23, 2018

Career Advice

You can count on the dreaded afternoon slump almost as much as death and taxes. Right? But there are more than a few ways to get over that sluggish feeling without reaching for a coffee. You’re likely feeling burned out from the long work day and you need a few minutes to recharge. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Try a standing desk: It takes some getting used to, but a standing desk (preferably an adjustable stand-sit desk) can be incredibly energizing. The constant small movements and better posture that comes with standing can keep you “on your toes”–literally!
  2. Go for an afternoon walk: This is a no-brainer but it really does work wonders. Getting a breath of fresh air (even if it’s cold!) and sunshine can be even more energizing than a cup of joe–and you won’t feel a crash afterward.
  3. Talk with a friend: Either strike up a conversation with a coworker or pick up the phone and call a friend or family member. A short five to ten minute talk can do wonders to your mood. It’s easier to tackle the remaining few hours with a smile on your face.
  4. Take a Sodoku break: Or any other kind of puzzle from crosswords to mazes. Heck, even an adult coloring book can work. Sometimes you just need to shift your mind away from your to-do list and challenge a different part of your brain.
  5. Treat yourself: But not to a sugary snack or a caffeinated drink. Visit your favorite blog, read a chapter of your book, or put on your favorite scented hand lotion. A little five minute “me” break allows you to refocus before you get back to work.

Image via Oliver Chesler/Flickr.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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