In a day there really comes a time when everything just feels like a drag. Whether you’re stuck at work or at home on a weekend, there seems to be a lag, usually during mid-afternoon—like time slows down and you just feel tired. If you don’t get out of the stupor, chances are you’ll feel weak and unproductive all day. You need not be told that this isn’t good. Thus, you have to do something in order to shake off the lull.
For you to be up and about again, here are a few suggested activities:
1. Play online games
The Wallstreet Journal published an article which stated that according to research, “gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception”. Take some of your time to engage in a little game of Candy Crush on your android phone, or play a round of bingo over at Cheekybingo to recharge your brain faculties. Before you know it, you’ll have enough willpower to get back to work or chores.
2. Take a power nap
Sleep expert Sara Mednick says that 15-20 minutes of napping can “reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance. That’s what most people really need to stave off sleepiness and get an energy boost.” And we all know that sleep also leaves us feeling refreshed, so you can count on having a good mood for the rest of the day.
3. Do a workout
Exercising produces endorphins (brain chemicals that serve as natural painkillers) that reduce stress. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) found that “About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects… Although the effects may be temporary, they demonstrate that a brisk walk or other simple activity can deliver several hours of relief, similar to taking an aspirin for a headache.”Physical activity, though brief, can largely affect performance.
4. Listen to mood music
In a study done by the University of Groningen published on ScienceDaily.com, it was found that “Music and mood are closely interrelated — listening to a sad or happy song on the radio can make you feel more sad or happy.” Just put on your “happy playlist” and you’re good to go.