We’ve all been there. You’re having a very productive morning, checking off tasks on your to-do lists, you’re in the zone, when 2p.m. rolls around and you can barely keep your eyes open. Energy levels dip, it’s harder to concentrate; it’s the dreaded afternoon slump.
Our circadian rhythm may be the one to blame for those midday sluggish feelings. Our bodies “sleep signals” peak at night and in the afternoon around 2p.m., making us feel like we want to curl up for a quick nap in the middle of the day. Along with sleep cycles, there are a few factors that can contribute (and beat!) afternoon fatigue.
From the food we eat at lunch, to our stress levels, to our workout routines, check out a few reasons you may be losing energy in the middle of the day and ways to finish the day off energized and alert.
In addition to the helpful tips from Cleveland Clinic, your workstation setup plays a big role in how you feel throughout the day. Having a proper ergonomic workstation that allows for movement and flexibility will help you stay alert and productive while preventing any pain or discomfort. Take a look at these tips to setting up an ergonomic workstation and ways you can incorporate movement into your day.
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Think about the structure of our skeleton, our muscles, joints, and ligaments. Our bodies are made to move. Staying in one position for prolonged periods of time causes our muscles to tighten, circulation to slow, and increases the risk of serious health concerns.
Movement and support in the workspace is essential to preventing pain and discomfort. While incorporating movement into your work routine is important, how your workspace supports you is also a big factor to consider. Office equipment should allow for flexibility while also supporting your body where you need it most. This decreases the risk for injury and pain and increases energy levels and productivity throughout the day.
Practice these tips to incorporate movement into your day and be on your way to a happier, healthier workspace.
- Perform simple stretches: Relax muscle stiffness, increase energy, and reduce stress with simple stretches that work your back, arms, and neck.
- Take a break: While you may have felt like you were on a roll from 9am to 3pm, by the time the afternoon-slump comes around your body is paying for the lack of movement. Beat the 3 o’clock lull with movement early and often. Aim for 5-10 minutes away from your desk every hour. Your body and eyes will thank you.
- Stay hydrated: Dawn Jackson’s, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, advice is to set goals. Bring a 16- to 20-oz bottle to fill up with water throughout the day. Work on finishing it before lunch, refill and finish again by 3pm, and finish one last full bottle by 6pm.
- Set alarms: Need help remembering to get up and move around or the fill up that water bottle? Set alarms on your phone or computer for a quick reminder.
- Invest in products that promote movement: Rocking footrests help keep your legs active while you work. Standing desks allow you to easily change positions throughout the day, improving circulation. Ergonomic office chairs with Core-Flex technology promotes constant, natural motion while seated while strengthening the spine.
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Staying healthy at work can be difficult at times. From workstation setup, to flexibility in the office, to relieving stress, there are many factors that can determine health and happiness at the office.
Whether you are using a sitting desk or a standing desk, staying in one position for extended periods of time can be detrimental to your overall health and productivity. Workers suffering from ergonomic-related injuries typically need more time off of the job to recover than other workplace illnesses or injuries. Poor ergonomics is costly to both the employee and the employer. Good posture and proper ergonomics can help reduce injuries and increase energy and productivity levels.
Making time to move around and stretch throughout the day is also important. By taking adequate breaks, you allow yourself to de-stress and release tension as well as collect your thoughts and ideas for current or future projects.
Take a look at the infographic below for more tips on relieving pain points in the office, ergonomic workstations, and other ways to be happy and healthy at work.
If you experience pain and discomfort during the workday, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained consultant who can help you try our numerous office products to create the ultimate ergonomic workstation.