This post was sponsored by Nature Made as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Do you feel like you need toothpicks to keep your eyes open during the middle of your day? Mid-day fatigue is not an uncommon occurrence, especially with our busy lifestyles. Most people typically struggle with the mid-day slump between the hours 2 pm to 4 pm. There are a wide variety of things that can affect your energy levels but the good news is there are a few things that you can do to help improve your energy levels. Here are a few things that I do to improve my mid-day fatigue.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Are you currently skipping breakfast? My mom always got onto me growing up when I would rush out the door to school without eating breakfast. I continued to skip breakfast well into adulthood. Now I make it a point to eat a nutritious breakfast.
Eating breakfast not only gives you the energy to power through your day but it helps prevent you from overeating later in the day. I don’t always make the best choice when it comes to breakfast but I do keep it limited to a certain number of calories. Plus, skipping breakfast can also cause you to feel sluggish in the afternoon too.
Increase your B-12 Levels
In October of last year, I went to the doctor for a check-up and I told her that even though I was sleeping at least 8 hours at night that I was still exhausted. Exhaustion is one of the lovely side effects of having Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
She wanted to run extensive bloodwork to see if there were any addition reasons why I was struggling with fatigue. My blood work revealed that my iron was borderline normal and that I had low vitamin D and B-12. She prescribed me a large weekly dose of Vitamin D and told me to take an over the counter B-12 vitamin. I headed the store to pick up my favorite brand of vitamins and minerals, Nature Made, for me the choice was very easy. Nature Made is the nation’s #1 best-selling brand. Plus, I love that they are also dedicated to partner with you and your health goals as you do your best to live a healthy lifestyle.
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Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is essential to good health; however, it is often overlooked by so many people. Did you know that your body needs sleep in order to restore itself and health? It is true, your body needs sleep in order to restore itself and to heal from everything you put it through all day.
Sleep deprivation can lead to subtle health issues like weight gain or you can cause a car accident while driving, fall asleep at the wheel, or even have an accident on the job. An accident can actually cause devastating health effects.
Drink Plenty of Water
I struggle with drinking water on a daily basis. Water is very boring to me and I have a hard time drinking the daily recommended intake unless I have just finished exercising. Your body needs plenty of water in order to function properly. When you are dehydrated, your body isn’t functioning optimally and can leave you feeling sluggish and easily fatigued.
Physical activity and exercising is a major contributor to healthy living. When you are not moving a lot, you may be facing consequences such as weight gain and muscle weakness.
- Regular exercise is effective in reversing age-related diseases, improve muscle strength, improve balance, endurance, and flexibility.
- Exercising regularly will help prevent heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases.
- 30 minutes of walking every day or at least 3 – 5 days every week is recommended by the Center of Disease Control.
- Start slowly and progress gradually to avoid injuries or fatigue. Over time, you will be able to enjoy a 30 – 60 minutes of moderate to heavy exercises each day.
- Exercising does not know any age limit, although it is recommended to have a doctor’s clearance if you are over the age of 40.
- Almost any kind of exercise is good for the body, for example, swimming, walking, aerobics, weights, yoga, dancing, biking, and much more.
- Individual and team sports is a great way to exercise.
- If time isn’t on your side, you can try working out during your lunch hour.
- HIIT exercise will work your body at different levels of intensity and you are training your body to withstand different conditions. This allows you to be able to burn more calories compared to a regular cardiovascular workout.
Exercise can help you beat mid-day fatigue. You might not see results immediately but over time you will notice that your energy levels increase over time.
Pass on the Heavy Lunch
Do you typically eat a heavy lunch only to find yourself needing a mid-day nap? Napping at work is frowned upon. So instead of filling up on a heavy lunch, opt for a protein-packed lunch or a salad with a hard boiled egg and chicken (skip the high-fat dressing and croutons). Protein will keep you full longer and help you power through the mid-day slump. A heavy lunch can leave cause mid-day fatigue.
Stay Away from Sugar
Also, skip on filling up on sugar. It might take care of your immediate hunger pangs but you will eventually sugar crash. Sugar crashes can cause you to reach for a snack or you may even feel sleepy.
Step Away from your Desk Periodically
Sitting in front of your desk all day long while staring at the computer screen isn’t good for your health. Monitors emit blue light and staring at the screen excessively can lead to mid-day fatigue due to eyestrain. Stepping away from the computer for a few minutes allows you time to stretch or even work on other tasks that don’t involve looking at a screen.
Enjoy a Bit of Sunshine
I want to make it a point to get a little bit of sunshine each day, especially, as the days get shorter and it gets dark earlier. Getting a bit of sunshine feels great and it gets you outside for some fresh air too.
Do you often feel like you need a nap in the middle of the day? Mid-day fatigue can interrupt your day and decrease your productivity at work. I hope that these tips can help you one-up your mid-day fatigue.
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