Constant yawning, a wandering mind and eyes that just won’t stay open. Sound familiar? Chances are, like many office workers, you’ve been a victim of the afternoon slump. It’s something that a lot of people notice after their lunch break, and it can have a negative effect on your productivity at work. But it isn’t a compulsory part of the day. Keep reading to see how you can get past the afternoon slump.

Symptoms of the slump

This isn’t just general tiredness. The afternoon slump is unique because of how it comes on for a particular part of your working day. You know you’re experiencing it when you have a combination of yawning, lethargy, muscle weakness, vision changes, irritable feelings, headaches and even stomach ache. But what actually causes it?

Getting to the root of the cause

There are a few possible reasons you’re getting this post-midday slump. One, which might seem quite obvious, is a lack of sleep. No, you shouldn’t be sleeping at work. But lack of sleep at night can lead to a regular slump in the middle of the day. Stress doesn’t help either. Constant unease or anxiety – whatever the cause – makes it difficult to relax and eventually this imbalance becomes too much.

It could also be down to what you’re putting in your body. The food you eat acts as your fuel – especially at work. If you’re eating junk food, or anything with too many simple carbs like bread and white rice, it can contribute to this feeling of fatigue. Try replacing simple carbs with protein in your lunch to give your body a boost. If none of these causes seem to apply, then your problem might be medical. It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor if you’ve been struggling with tiredness for a while.

Other helpful tips

While it’s recommended you get a good eight hours of sleep each night and eat well, not everybody can manage this ideal lifestyle. There are some things you can try to ‘wake you up’. Get outside on your break. Not only will the fresh air help, the sun will give your body a vitamin D boost and the exercise will get your blood flowing. Exercise at your desk is a good idea too. Just stretching your muscles every so often will keep your body alert.

Some scents are known to increase energy levels too. Mint and rosemary are both energising. Get some plants on your desk or nearby in the office, or try rubbing some peppermint oil on your hands for a little boost. Alternatively, chewing gum is a further source of that invigorating mint aroma – and the constant chewing will keep you alert too.

Office life

Your office environment can contribute hugely to how you feel at work. Feeling tired, uncomfortable or just unhappy in your surroundings is likely a cause of poor productivity. Don’t worry – we can help.

At Anvic, we offer high quality offices in fantastic locations across Manchester and Burnley. With both traditional and contemporary options available, our serviced office spaces make sure it’s a pleasure coming to work. For more information, call our advisors on 0800 043 4500, or contact us online