I don’t know if it’s the time change or the longer days coming on or just a generally more demanding schedule this time of year but the days seem longer….sometimes REALLY LONG. I mean that in a good and bad way. I may hit the ground running with an early workout then meetings and find myself going and going straight through my day until some event at night like a Lacrosse game for my son or a business dinner with my husband. Sometimes, I have to find a way to boost my energy in the middle of the day in order to make it to the end. Here’s how I manage to regain some energy in order to power through to bedtime.
Pick a time in the middle of the afternoon when you can grab a moment to yourself and then try one or two of these tips to get you through.
- If you’ve been at your desk all day, step outside and take a walk. A walk outside can increase your focus and reset your brain by disengaging from your projects. If you work from home, walk the dog around the block, go get the mail or just make a giant glass of ice water and walk outside. Check the roses. They need you to smell them and tell them they look pretty. Take some deep breaths outside. It will generate some fresh oxygen in your system. Hydration and Oxygen. If you work in an office, maybe try taking lunch outside somewhere or getting out to run an errand and listen to the radio while you get some fresh air.
2. Make a smoothie. Smoothie’s aren’t just for breakfast, they can be a great pick-me-up in the afternoon. This one is blueberry, banana with protein powder, almond milk, ice and some plain greek yogurt.
If you take it outside and smell the roses….well, I’m just sayin’ now you’re really feeling better!
These glasses come from CB2 and I love to find fun straws….Pink and white straws are from the dollar aisle at Target. You can find more than just water guns on that aisle!
Protein picks me up and makes me feel better almost instantly in the afternoon. Almonds and other sources of protein could be just what you need to give you a boost.
3. On the other hand, if I’ve been driving all over the place, talking and brainstorming in meetings, working out, running around and have been physically and mentally energetic then usually what I need is some rest.
R-E-S-T!! Actual rest.
Sometimes that is actually hard to recognize though. Just when you find yourself walking in the pantry or heading for the company kitchen for something sweet or looking for some caffiene is when you may want to ask yourself if you ought to rest instead. Tired. Probably tired.
We really should learn from our friends in China, India, South America and Britain how to stop and have a cup of tea. When I moved to London, it was the very first thing they taught us in the American Women’s Club….how to have tea. There is quite a ceremony to it. No need for perfectly done here just stop and have some tea…..sitting …down …quietly ….to rest.
Kick your feet up for ten or fifteen minutes to think….quietly….maybe even put your phone down, or don’t…drink some tea and return some txts and emails. Anything that says Calm is good for me….
Chinese green tea…
Sipping tea is also a good time to call someone you’ve been meaning to call, read the newspaper or just stare and think. Keep your feet up.
4. Take some time to meditate. I had been going to a doctor team to prevent the onset of diabetes that I’m genetically predisposed to inherit and they were working with me on my diet, exercise, sleep and all things related to blood sugar. I was really surprised to learn that there is a very strong link to cortisol levels (stress hormones) and blood sugar. They kept telling me to meditate. I told them that I did. I stopped and prayed and read my Bible. They encouraged me to add to that a time to breathe deeply and get in touch with my body and where stress was resting in it. I thought it sounded boring and new age and resisted until I tried it and now understand what they meant. Meditation is kind of a broad word meaning different things. This version involves my health and I’m feeling great after trying it. First find a quiet comfortable chair or place to lay down…here’s my bedroom chair by the window which has an ottoman to put my feet up on.
I tried the app Headspace and have found that even five or ten minutes of this type of breathing and awareness a day has brought my cortisol levels down. It has also helped my focus because the stopping and sitting still and breathing and listening allows me to really regain my center again. The strings of unfinished thoughts pop up and my mind begins to settle again. Don’t be surprised if at first you fall asleep for a quick nap. Over time your body learns that this deep breathing is to relax not to sleep. I can come through this with a clearer head, a rested feeling and actually aware of emotions that I didn’t realize were there. Then I can deal directly with them, like make an uncomfortable phone call, pray about something that was nagging me from underneath or take care of something right away instead of procrastinating. Does that make sense? It helps!
5. When I’m REALLY tired, I make like Rosie and take a cat nap. She is great at this…I am learning.I will set my alarm on my phone and lie down to rest like a worn out four year old. I feel so much less grouchy when I’ve been able to take a 20 minute snooze. Get up, drink some water and off you go. So much more alert!
I hope these tips help you find some energy in the middle of your day! If you have some ideas to share that help your energy, leave them in the reply box below. I would love to hear how you reboot your supply during the day.