Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Good Health Tips: Fight afternoon slump

By J.C. Carroll

(NC)—Do you seem to run out of energy at the same time every afternoon? Feeling tired and lethargic is the price we pay for a jam-packed lifestyle, but mid-afternoon is a bit too early to come to a dead stop. There are solutions to this, say health consultants. With a little know-how, we can quickly feel more refreshed, alert and focused. Here's how:

• Take a walk or get some form of activity during your lunch break.

• Drink more water. Dehydration can often leave you feeling sluggish.

• Choose lunch options wisely. High-fat or high-carbohydrate meals may leave you feeling sleepy.

• Plan for a snack. Low blood sugar often contributes to lack of energy and difficulty concentrating. Choose a snack however, that is not high in sugar.

• Get some fresh air. Try to go outside for a few minutes in the natural sunlight.

• An aromatherapy mist, with fragrances like rosemary or clove, goes a long way to invigorate the senses.

- News Canada