4 Healthy Tricks to Beat the Midday Slump (As Seen on Fox Chicago)

Looking for a midday pick-me-up? As a Health & Wellness Expert, Fox Chicago brought me in to show off some great workout moves you can do at your desk, and how to boost your mood and energy with scented essential oils.

What exactly is a midday slump?

Based on our circadian rhythm, the afternoon is when our bodies are naturally ready for another little snooze! Unfortunately, the US isn’t Spain and we don’t have any built-in siesta time to close down the office and take a nap in the middle of the day. Not only that, but if you’re like many of my private weight loss clients who are busy and successful women–you simply can’t miss a second of your workday! If the midday slump is getting you down, I’ve got some tips to pick you up!

Tip #1: Get a Mini Workout in at Your Desk

When the midday slump hits, start moving around at your desk. Doing something as simple as shrugging your shoulders up to your ears and down again can wake you up and get the blood flowing. Try pumping your arms up in the air too. This improves circulation and helps with stress reduction.

Tip #2: Add Some Excitement to Your Calendar

Plan a trip that you can look forward to.  I recently visited Red Mountain Resort in Utah for a health and wellness vacation! I had a wonderful time there, and what’s even more exciting is that I got to look forward to this trip for an entire month!

If I hit a midday slump, I just looked up all of the resort’s daily activities, spa services, and menus. The excitement served as a pick-me-up. I always encourage my private weight loss clients to plan a trip like this, or just to have a fun potluck with friends on the calendar, so that they always have something to look forward to!

Tip #3: Use Aromatherapy to Engage Your Brain

Scents that wake you up and help keep you alert, focused, and aware include peppermint, citrus, and ginger. I love using essential oils to help de-stress and also re-energize during the day.

My private weight loss clients also enjoy using more soothing scents at night to help them unwind. Try a spritz of lavender on your pillow for deep, sweet dreams.

Tip #4: Step Up Your Afternoon Snacks

When you’re in a slump, it’s easy to reach for another cup of coffee or make a vending machine run. But the carbs and sugar will only momentarily pick you up and then make you crash even harder. Drink tea instead or eat healthy protein bars that taste like coffee! Any healthy, sweet treat with low sugar content is a good choice. If you have a sweet tooth, try these yummy SmartSweets gummy bears!

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

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