I’m sure you’ve been there…feeling sluggish and lethargic around 3:00pm. Knowing that you only have a couple of hours left at work doesn’t help the cause either. In fact, it only makes it worse.
So, you run to the local coffee shop for that cup of Joe with sugar only to get a temporary “high.” You then curse yourself when you get home, vowing you won’t do it again tomorrow.
Tomorrow comes along and you find yourself back in the same state as the day before. It winds up being a vicious cycle of debauchery. Yup, I get it. Been there numerous times and it’s really not much fun or good for your psyche and morale.
Not to mention, it’s just not healthy- emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually. It’s much more taxing knowing you shouldn’t be doing something and doing it anyway; then not doing it in the first place. But I guess that’s the occupational hazard of being human.
I’m not one to subscribe to instant gratification these days. I’ve tried it in the past and well, that didn’t work out too well.
However, I’ve never been one to resort to western medicine unless it was absolutely necessary. I feel that it’s beneficial, say, if you break a bone or have surgery and need antibiotics. But popping a pill for the slightest headache or during my depression days has never been my thing.
When it came to curing the midday slump, I was looking for holistic ways to alleviate the lethargy. Luckily, with alternative modalities becoming more mainstream these days, I was able to find a whole bunch of them. But five of them were so effective for me. And that’s what I wanted to share with you today.
Before I get started, please read the following disclaimer:
Please keep in mind that I am not a medical health professional so be sure to seek out guidance from your doctor before attempting anything that I’m saying. If you’re suffering from health complications, something on this list could very well contradict your condition(s).
1. BREATHE IN AND OUT THROUGH YOUR RIGHT NOSTRIL
Yes, you can actually breathe your way into alertness. and it’s super simple and free. All you have to do is place your right index finger gently against your left nostril to keep it closed. Then, take long and equal inhales and exhales through the right nostril. Do this until you feel that surge of energy entering your body.
While this post is dedicated to staying alert during the day, you can apply this same technique to the left nostril at night if you’re having trouble falling asleep.
According to ancient Chinese medicine which is still in practice today, we have meridian points located throughout our body which correlate to different organs and therefore impacting our health, including our energy levels. There are quite a few different points to wake you up, but this particular one is amazing. Plus, I absolutely suck at drawing so don’t really want to embarrass myself by uploading my pictures.
Taking both your index fingers, trace a line from the top of each ear until you reach the center of your head. That’s where the acupressure point is. Once you’ve located it, all you have to do is gently massage it until you wake up. Give it some time. Remember, this isn’t about instant gratification. It could take a few minutes. It could take ten. Everybody’s different so the results will be on an individual basis.
3. USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Yes, it works! And wonders at that. Lemon, grapefruit, orange, and peppermint oils are really great for invigorating and adding that extra jolt. All you gotta do is keep some bottles at your desk and sniff away every time you start to feel a little slump in your energy levels. I say to take a whiff of the essential oils because they should never be applied directly to your skin. If you’re mixing it with a carrier oil, then you can definitely rub some on your wrists, temples, and being your ears to perk you right up. You can even use them to make a body scrub for your showers in the morning. You can get that recipe here.
4. DRINK WARM LEMON WATER
While warm lemon water is raved about (especially by me on several occasions) to drink first thing in the morning, it also provides a pick me up during the dreaded afternoon crash. It balances out your PH levels thus in turn providing you with the much needed extra boost of energy. And if you’re not much of a water drinker, especially plain water, this will be perfect because you’re killing two birds with one stone. Dehydration tends to be the culprit when it comes to fatigue so make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water. If you find that you keep running to the bathroom, it’s because your body is not absorbing it due to dehydration. So, it keeps flushing it out. Once your body gets acclimated to drinking more water, you’ll run to the bathroom less frequently.
5. GO FOR A WALK
Instead of going to the local coffee shop when you’re crashing, go for a walk around the block. The sun fueled with getting out of your office chair will naturally lift you up. Soak in that vitamin D. Get on some grass if you can to give you an extra perk. Really allow yourself to enjoy the time outdoors. You’ll feel so invigorated after a mini break from work.
And there you have it. Super simple, easy, and organic ways to wake up and stay alert. Now you will be able to conquer the rest of your day with a much needed boost.
Have you tried anyone of them? Let me know how it’s working for you in the comments below!
Please do share this with anyone that could benefit from these techniques.
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