SO...it’s 4pm, and you are dangerously close to folding your arms and allowing your head, which has been nodding for nearly an hour, to settle nicely on your arms. The voice in your head says “No one will see – just 20 minutes" but the Boss, the Deadline or even just the kids say “Stop, don’t do it!.....you can't your not allowed.” For many people, this is so much worse after the magic of the Christmas period has finished.
IN many countries have this problem sorted. The siesta is a glorious riot of an answer for the mid afternoon slump. A long meal with the family, a glass of wine and a snooze in the afternoon heat, then back to work till later. A far more flexible approach to working has been embraced and actively encouraged by our European counterparts and the principle is great, but doesn't apply to our regular 9-5 jobs here in the UK.
SO, when it feels like your arms and legs have become boneless and your attempts to wade through the heavy porridge of your day just feels impossible. Make a plan and stop it happening again. Its easy really, but just takes a little planning.
But how can we actually beat the slump?
THE short answer is you can’t function when your fuel is on empty. Having ran out of petrol a few times....(not great!) I wouldn’t expect my car to run on empty.....or, put it this way, when I did – I didn't get very far.
THERE are so many theories about how to stop this frustrating process. You know how it goes, the one where you have eaten a healthy breakfast, and a good nutritious lunch and actually you are feeling quite virtuous. Then 4pm happens. The feeling like every muscle in your body is done, fed up and actually down right miffed off with you. One article I read this week suggested to keep active. If you have the kind of job where you are forcefully joined to an office chair, try to find time every hour to get up , move around and change your surroundings. Or you can go outside or open a window, even better.
GETTING the right nourishment, and eating a protein heavy breakfast is crucial. Fueling well in the morning means you beat the slump. NO running out the house with just a coffee for company, you just won’t get to the end. Anything slow release. Also water,water and much more water is the best way to go. Never underestimate how bad you feel when you are dehydrated. There is so much discussion about what to drink. Tea and coffee have their place but water, weak squash and milk all have their place too.
Create your own deadline.
MOST of us are competitive. Create your own deadline, and push yourself towards it. Then reward yourself. (Just not out the biscuit tin) trust me you will feel better.
IN a way, it matters more that you eat breakfast than not;- so make an extra five minutes and use your time well; it will stop the slump at the horrid part of the day when your eyelids feel glued to your cheek bones and you would happily crawl under your desk.