No, your office fatigue isn’t just because of that dull paint color or that terrible desk chair. It is also due to your diet. Let’s face it: many of us are living crazy, busy lifestyles and are stressed about work, family, home responsibilities, and mobile devices that never seem to rest. We’re also not getting enough sleep, which can inhibit our productivity and working abilities. When you tack on a poor diet, it’s a miracle we can accomplish anything during the day.
For most people, all of these factors don’t catch up to them until mid-afternoon in what is commonly referred to as the “midday slump.” So, in addition to sprucing up the place with some new wall art, new paint colors, or new cubicle workstations from iSpace Office Interiors, try some of these healthy snacks to help beat your midday slump.
How Diet Impacts Energy at Work
Eating a healthy diet with a busy schedule is not always easy. Consuming more snacks, candies, and unhealthy foods is a significant contributor to the midday slump. Many people don’t realize this and continue eating more, all the while wondering why their food choices aren’t give them more energy. Only a well-balanced diet can help maintain energy levels all day.
Here are some ways diet can impact your day:
- Overeating, especially at lunch, can cause afternoon fatigue.
- Eating a healthy diet can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses that lead to fatigue and tiredness at work.
- Foods with complex carbohydrates give your body long-lasting energy, so you don’t hit that midday energy snag.
- Caffeine in the afternoon is great for a pick-me-up, but it can affect your sleep cycle.
Foods That Boost Energy Levels All Day
If you’re struggling with ideas for work snacks and what to eat, here are several options for combating the midday slump.
Oatmeal doesn’t just have to be a breakfast food. There are plenty of cold oat recipes that you can make for an afternoon snack. Oats are a great energy source that contains glycogen, which helps fuel your brain and muscles all day. Try adding in some honey, walnuts, and fruits for a delicious afternoon snack.
We hardly ever consider yogurt as a go-to afternoon snack, but it should undoubtedly be at the top of your list to combat the midday slump. Not only is this option cold and refreshing, but it’s also packed full of magnesium and calcium, which can help boost your energy. Try adding in some whole-grain granola or chopped fruits for more flavor.
After lunch and right before quitting time seems to be the heaviest snacking hours, especially for those with a crazy sweet tooth. If that’s you, then skip over those snack cakes and choose a banana or an orange. Both of these are excellent sources of natural sugars and fiber, which will give you that energy boost you need to make it through the rest of your workday.
As your body burns fuel throughout the day, it’s important to replenish it with healthy food choices. If you know you’re going to be hungry later or need to combat your afternoon slump, pack a snack bag of almonds or pistachios for a quick and convenient energy-booster. Nuts contain magnesium, potassium, and sodium, making them the perfect refueling option.
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We may not be able to help your midday snacking, but we can give you a bright and cheery office design that will help keep you focused, motivated, and productive. iSpace Office Interiors has an entire team of professionals at your disposal, and we can create the office space you envision. To get started or to select your new office suite, contact us at (317) 694-7197 or (855) 356-1200.