We’ve all been there. It is about 3:00 in the afternoon, and suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, you feel like you could just slump over your standing desk and snooze. This can happen to the best of us. Even on days where you feel like you had enough sleep, ate an energizing breakfast and healthy lunch, that mid-day slump is out to get you.
Here at True North Desks, we know that the first defense to the mid-afternoon fatigue is to work at a standing workstation. Working at an adjustable height desk allows you to keep up your energy while sitting down when you need to concentrate. But even doing all the right things does not make you immune to fatigue. So let’s talk about some quick fixes you can do yourself when you start feeling tired but you still have several more hours of work to go.
A change of scenery may be just what you need when you are feeling tired at your stand up desk. Getting some Vitamin D can help boost your energy and mood, too. Even just 10 minutes outside can do the trick. Consider taking your lunch break in the sun or plan walking meetings in the middle of the afternoon.
Yes, yes we all know that exercise is great for your energy levels overall and of course good for your health. But even if you got in that early morning run or class at the gym, you can take a few minutes during your afternoon to do some energy boosting exercises at your standup desk. Simple exercises and a little stretching can go a long way in increasing your energy and getting you to quitting time.
If you know your whole office is feeling tired in the middle of the day, schedule your group activities during that time. Do you have one brainstorming session a day? Or certain people with whom you need to collaborate on a project? Plan your meetings around 3:00 pm when you all need to gain energy from each other. Everyone will benefit and will head back to their standing desks feeling more energized and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
Planning ahead here is key. Keep energy boosting snacks at your standing workstation or in your office break room. Things like whole grain crackers, hummus, cheese, and vegetables are your best bets here. Stay away from sugary treats that will give you a quick boost but leave you feeling worse than before. If you are having a hard time drinking enough water during the day, squeeze some lemon into your reusable water bottle to encourage you to stay hydrated. Being even a little dehydrated can make you feel sleepy.