9 simple yet clever ways to stay awake when the afternoon slump kicks in
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Admit it, we all have been guilty of slowing down in the afternoon while trying to battle the massive wave of fatigue that kicks in just after 2pm. All of that energy you have during the morning suddenly vanishes and you’re forcing yourself to stay awake and focused as the afternoon slump kicks in. Kenneth Freeman, head of innovation at office landscaping firm Ambius, offers some helpful tips on how to beat the the 2.30 pm brain fog.
1. Get a plantPlant GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY Believe it or not, plants actually have a soothing effect on us. “They can transform your workspace into a more peaceful and engaging place,” says Freeman. “A series of experiments was undertaken by three universities – University of Exeter, Queensland Australia and Groningen Netherlands – looking at the short and long-term effects of plants in offices. Collectively, they found that plants can increase employee productivity by as much as 15% and improve workplace satisfaction by up to 40%.”
2. Get some aroma therapyDisney GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY “Did you know that 75% of our emotions can be influenced by scent?” says Freeman. “Smell memory is actually the most powerful part of memory, with each of us on average able to recognise 10,000 different smells.” Freeman says there are some scents that are well recognised for their uplifting qualities. “Scientific studies have shown that pleasing aromas can raise productivity, morale, and even reduce stress amongst employees,” he adds. ”Fresh and crisp citrus scents such as ‘mandarin zest’ or ‘pink grapefruit’ elicit energetic feelings, doing much to lift our moods right when the afternoon slump is about to hit.”
3. Bring some natural light into your officeTaylor Swift GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY For this Freeman refers to the ‘biophilia theory’ – which suggests that humans have an innate affiliation with the natural world. “Our offices often leave little to the imagination and have embraced a ‘lean’ aesthetic – with little or no greenery in them,” he says. “It’s important that we all try our best to bring the outside world in and make the most use out of natural light.” Enclosed environments can make us feel tired so Freeman suggests sitting next to a window, if possible. “It’s best to sit near a window, and even better if you’re able to see a park or lake outside,” he says. “Of course, we’re not always so lucky… so try to structure the office so that natural light is able to reach as many desks and corners as possible – mirrors are an excellent way of bringing light (and even views of the outside) deeper into the office.”
4. Take a break… and head outdoorsHappy GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY Staying cooped up in your workspace all day can be energy sapping. “It’s important that you enjoy a brief walk or stretch at lunch, as it doesn’t do us any good hunching over our desks at our computer screens,” says Freeman. “Taking a break from the office will get some fresh air into your lungs, and will help you come back after lunch feeling energetic and invigorated, bypassing the slump at 2.30pm. “However, we know that not all of us can escape the office. In that case, opt for large green installations – which has grown in popularity over the last few years.”
5. Get rid of indoor pollutionClipart GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY Think all the pollution is outside? Think again.
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