Ugh. The midday slump. It’s that soul crushing time between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm where your mind decides it’s just. really. done. okay? I don’t know anyone who can work through an entire day without a break (those people are cyborgs, beware), and the beginning of the slump-from-hell is the best time to give your poor, tired mind a break and refresh your senses. Need some inspiration? Look no further.
1. Get your caffeine fix with a bar of chocolatey goodness (instead of a bad-breath inducing cup o’ joe or a jittery energy drink)
I love the jolt of coffee — it wakes me up and makes me feel energized enough to get through the dreaded 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm monotony zone. What I don’t love? Coffee breath. ICK. Enter Awake Chocolate, a chocolate (yum, chocolate) bar with as much caffeine as a cup of coffee (or an energy drink) and none of the gross breath power or jittery crash. Win, win.
Plus, chocolate just tastes really good. I’m a coffee person, but only if it has about 10 ounces of creamer in it, which really takes away some of the magic. Chocolate, on the other hand, is amazing right from the get go. Sayonara to that $5 latte.
2. Emerge into fresh air and nature and take five slow, deep breaths
There’s just something about nature — it’s incredibly soothing, restful, and healing in a soul-deep way. We often forget just how much our bodies crave fresh air, soft wind, and bursts of vitamin D until we step outside. The next time you feel a scream coming on from one too many annoying emails (been there, girl), excuse yourself and step outside. Take deep, deliberate breaths to slow your heart rate and clear your mind. Try this method: breathe in slowly for four seconds, hold your breath at the top for four seconds, and then breathe out for eight seconds. Close your eyes and do it four more times. Feeling better? I thought so.
Source: Sincerely Jules
3. Try a quick facial massage for relief from that omg-my-head-is-going-to-explode headache
If you know me, you know I. Love. Facial. Massage. It’s so much fun! It’s like an instant headache buster — plus it just feels really good and costs absolutely nothing. For midday, when you’re probably at work and don’t want to mess with the masterpiece that is your makeup (#flawless), go light and don’t rub or drag too hard. Focus on pressure points — your temples, the start of your eyebrows — and press in small, concentrated circles. Bonus: dap a bit of peppermint essential oil on your temples or the insides of your wrists for a natural boost.
4. Take five technology free minutes to drink a full glass of water
I don’t know about you, but my job is full (FULL) of staring at screens. When I fall asleep, I still see those glowing blue boxes, taunting me. Even if your job isn’t 90% screen-based, your first instinct might be to take a break with your phone. Hunched over a tiny, bright screen, eyebrows furrowed as you blow through emails, texts, and voicemails? Doesn’t sound like a restful break to me. Instead, resist the lure of the phone (you can do it!) and grab a glass of cold water. Do an experiment with yourself, where you test if you can just sit — no distractions — for five full minutes while you drink the water. Game on.
5. Energize your body and let your mind off the hook with a quick (private) dance party
Ok, so hear me out on this one. It’s hard to feel bad/sad/lackluster when you’re shaking everything you’ve got to your favorite lyrics. Find a private place at work (your car, an empty meeting room, etc.), pop your headphones in, and go to town. Close your eyes, and just move. Or if dancing doesn’t do it for you, blare a heady playlist (this one is pretty aces) and just close your eyes. It’s at least three guaranteed minutes of solitude where your mind can take a little mental vacation. I promise after you open your eyes again, you’ll feel refreshed and competent enough to bust through more work. Only four more hours to quitting time!
What are your favorite ways to beat the midday slump? Tell us in the comments below!
This post was in partnership with Awake Chocolate, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.