A previous post was about starting the day off with a productive morning routine (here), but as the day chugs along, energy drops. Big time. It happens to me somewhere around 2 or 2:30pm. I hit a wall. Here are a few things I do to help get through the dip.
- Make some tea. The shift from doing work to the ritual of making tea helps shake the clouds from my mind a bit. The hot tea wakes up my senses. Plus, if I’m going to be up all night at a show, I’ll make a caffeinated tea.
- Meditate. This can really focus my thoughts and wake up my senses. I try to go full lotus when I meditate so that my body doesn’t relax too much. Fifteen minutes is a perfect amount of time to get recharged for the rest of the day. I’ll have a post later on about the specific process I use to meditate.
- Take a power nap. This is the big one! If you have the luxury of working from home, or are able to slip away from work without reprisal, grab a nap. I set the timer on my phone for twenty minutes and lie in the bed and relax. It usually takes me anywhere from five to ten minutes to fall asleep, and I awaken really charged up. CAUTION: nap for too long and you run the risk of feeling drowsy when you wake up – twenty minutes is perfect for me.
We all hate getting “the nods” in the afternoon and feeling like we can’t be productive. Take the hint. Get up (or lie down) and do something about it.
What do you do to make it over the afternoon hump? Let everyone know in the comments.