Are your eyelids getting droopy? Is that a yawn I see? Are you struggling to hold your head up? We’ve all been there. It comes around 2p.m. when you’ve finished eating lunch and now you’re just about ready for a nap. Unfortunately you still have hours of work left. How are you going to make it through the afternoon slump? Well, you could drink some coffee, but that will only last so long before you’re crashing again. You could try eating a candy bar, but the effects will be similar to the coffee.
While coffee and a sugary snack can get you through another hour, it’s going to take more than that make it through the day without turning into a total grouch. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get your groove back when your energy level is close to zero.
Whether it’s real estate, technology or your overall well-being, your real estate virtual assistants are here to keep you in tip-top shape. Next time you are feeling bogged down, try some of these natural energy boosters to get you motivated for the rest of the day.
Go Outside: Try to make it a point to get out of the office at least once during the work day. Being cooped up inside for eight plus hours is enough to put anyone to sleep. Sunny days are especially beneficial as sunlight has been proven to lift your mood and increase energy levels.
Interact with People Who Lift Your Spirits: When your energy level starts to dwindle, schedule an afternoon meeting with people who make you laugh or who you know you have a natural chemistry with. This can be as simple as gathering your real estate team for a quick chat about their day. If you have the time, you can also try calling a friend or family member. Keep the conversation positive to ensure both your spirit and energy level is uplifted.
Be Cool, Calm and Collected: It’s no secret that stress can physically and mentally drain you. While it’s nearly impossible to avoid stress completely, we can make an effort to worry less and keep positive more. When your body endures high levels of stress, it can also make it difficult for you to fall asleep at night, which will lower your energy level for the next day. Take a deep breath, and bring yourself back down to Earth by reminding yourself that your worries aren’t crises.
Stay Hydrated: Your body needs water to transport oxygen to your cells. If you deprive yourself of sufficient hydration you may feel tired throughout the day or get headaches. Four tall glasses of water (or low-calorie beverages) per day are suggested by experts to keep you on your toes. While caffeine gets a bad rap most of the time, it can give you a lift if used judiciously. The problem with caffeine is that many people load up on it in the morning and need more later in the day to keep going. Try to limit yourself to one cup of coffee in the morning and then another half cup in the afternoon.
Move Around: The more active you are, the higher your energy level will be. If most of your time is spent at your desk, get up throughout the day to give your body a break from typing and staring at the computer. Make it a habit of standing up or pacing around the office when you are on a phone call. Coordinate a team walk during the afternoon to give everyone a break and an extra boost to finish the day. Get in the habit of sitting up straight. This opens up your chest cavity and increases oxygen intake and makes energy available to your mind and muscles.
Feeling energized yet? While it may not be easy to practice these tips on a daily basis, it’s never too late to give them a try. You might be surprised with the results! If you find that your afternoon slump is just too much to cope with, contact your real estate virtual assistant and we will take care of your remaining tasks for the day.
What do you do to manage your afternoon slump?
Have a great day!