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SP article: Ending the Afternoon Slump

Monday, May 13, 2019


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Best to read the article yourself. Please. emoticon I am just picking out a couple of things that I , personally , need to do. emoticon (The article takes tips from a few experts in fitness. I did not put their names here.)

Often I cave in in the afternoon and take a nap. BUT my naps are way too long--so they mess up my night time sleeping. emoticon

emoticon My own 6 choices from the SP article.

1. Drink some citrus water.

making a pitcher or water bottle filled with ice water and a generous squeeze of orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit.

"The side effects of not staying hydrated include fatigue and false hunger, which is why so many people reach for sweets mid-afternoon," "Drinking at least 16 ounces emoticon of cold, refreshing water will wake you up just enough to finish the day strong and make smarter food choices later."

The added citrus can also provide a boost of potassium and vitamin C, she adds. "Plus, many flavonoids unique to citrus fruits have been shown in studies to protect brain cells and improve cognitive function—just the boost you need toward the end of the day."

2. Get up and move. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

"Going for a walk and getting some fresh air not only works as an afternoon pick-me-up, but can also help digestion, improve insulin sensitivity and improve mood," A study showed that just 10 minutes of low-intensity exercise, such as walking or climbing stairs, can be more energizing than consuming 50 milligrams of caffeine. emoticon

3.Stretch away the sleepiness.

"Sitting at a desk all day is guaranteed to build up muscle tension, which affects you physically and mentally and drains your energy," . "Take a few minutes every hour or two to stretch any tight areas, especially your neck and shoulders."

4.Try some essential oils.

Peppermint essential oil can be a mid-day pick-me-up. Place a drop or two in the palm of each hand, rubs her hands together and then cups the hands and inhales for a boost of energy. Or blend a drop of peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil, like coconut or avocado or olive oil, and rub it on the back of the neck. Orange mixed with peppermint is also very energizing.

5. Listen to upbeat music.

When you're feeling sluggish, putting on your favorite up-tempo playlist can help energize you and increase your endurance. "Music has the ability to engage the body's sympathetic nervous system," says Oerum. "Auditory signals make us alert, and simply focusing on a piece of music can divert our attention and improve our mood."

6. Do some breathing exercises for 10 minutes. emoticon emoticon

Please let me know what works for you. Fatigue is my middle name. This is a HUGE problem for me!

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