Beat The Midday Slump With These Energising Tips
Are your energy levels nose-diving every afternoon? Here’s how to get your engines revving again!
Our energy levels tend to dip about seven hours after we wake up, causing us to crave some shuteye. We all know the feeling of that dreaded afternoon slump: the drooping eyelids, low energy levels, and inability to stay focused (or awake). Having said that, most of us can’t just settle in for a daily afternoon nap. So what can we do to keep our energy levels up at work (without depending on coffee or snacks)? Experts recommend these simple fixes:
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Researchers in Netherlands found that exposure to bright light between noon and 4pm significantly reduced people’s feelings of fatigue and drowsiness. Light sends your brain a message to wake up so switch on a lamp at your desk or better yet, step out into the sunshine for a quick breath of fresh air! The change of scenery (especially if you’re surrounded by a slice of nature) may give your brain the added boost required to power through the rest of your day.
DITCH THE CHOCS FOR A STROLL
California State University researchers compared people’s energy levels after eating chocolate and after taking a walk. They found that those who walked enjoyed up to two hours of increased energy – minus the extra calories and erratic blood sugar fluctuations that accompanied the candy consumption. Walking outside provides two key benefits: it gets your heart rate up (which gives you energy), and exposes you to sunlight (which helps you to feel more alert). By the time you return to your desk, you’ll feel more mentally refreshed and ready to take on the afternoon.
TRY KUNDALINI YOGA MEDITATION
Wake up every single cell of your body with simple but powerful kriya – you’ll love the instant energy boost that comes with it. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher, Rie Komiya, recommends this technique:
- Cover your head with a light-coloured scarf.
- Sit in Easy Pose on the floor with your spine straight and your chin lightly tucked in.
- Position your hands in Gyan mudra on your knees, and keep your eyes gently closed.
- Gently bring focus to the area between your brows.
- Inhale deeply and as you suspend your breath lightly for 10 to 30 seconds, chant “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” to begin (the mantra means, “I bow to infinite wisdom, I bow to my own wisdom”.) Then exhale and relax.
- As you breathe in again, pull in your navel toward the spine, then exhale forcefully through the nostrils.
- Repeat for a minute. Over time, gradually work your way up to three minutes of practice.
- When you’re done, end the meditation by chanting Sat Nam
Editor’s note: Kundalini Yoga kriyas can be very advanced in nature, and it is strongly recommended that you explore them with the guidance of an experienced KRI certified teacher, especially if you’re a beginner.
About Rie Komiya:
Originally from Japan, Rie Komiya is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, Usui Reiki master and teacher, and Quantum Alchemy Crystal Bowl Level 1 practitioner, who has lived in Singapore since 1999. Having benefitted tremendously from her own practice, she’s a passionate about sharing self-care tools to improve health and wellness. Details about Rie’s Kundalini Yoga and Meditation weekly classes can be found here.