Whether you're a night owl or an early bird, most of us will have struggled with the afternoon slump. It can creep up on you, even on your most energised days. Your eyes are drooping, you find yourself yawning and it's getting more and more difficult to focus.

Are you lethargic after lunch?

Are you lethargic after lunch?

Don't fret just yet, there is a way to beat the afternoon slump, the experts behind 6Vitaminshot have six quick fire ways to keep you energised and ready for what life throws your way.

Get some fresh air

Sounds simple, but just taking a quick 10 minute walk outside and getting some fresh air is enough to get your circulation moving, especially if you have been sat at your desk in a stuffy office for most of the day. Getting blood circulating to your brain will boost your energy levels and improve concentration. Even if you find it hard to get away from your desk, even popping out on your lunch break will be enough to help you feeling more energised.

Avoid heavy carbohydrates

Last night's left over lasagne or that big pasta salad will give you an initial energy boost, but once those carbohydrates have turned to sugars, they will only bring your mood down. Try having something lighter for lunch and leave the comfort food to dinner.

Arrange group activities for the afternoons

If part of your job sometimes involves getting together as a group, this is best left till the afternoon to help stimulate the mind and boost productivity. So long as that group activity is something that everyone is participating in and not just listening to one person talking.

Afternoon snacking

Afternoon snacking is really good for getting the blood flowing. Ensure your snack combines protein, fibre and complex carbohydrates such as raw vegetables or a wholegrain cracker to help raise blood sugar levels.

Boost with peppermint

Peppermint is a known energy-enhancing scent. Try rubbing some natural peppermint oil onto your pulse points, or for the less messy option, try drinking a cup of peppermint tea.

Avoid quick fix sugary drinks

Sugar will only work as a short term solution, and will only make you feel more tired once the sugar rush is over. If you're not a fan of coffee, look for low sugar energy drinks such as 6VitaminShot. Sugar free and low in calorie, 6VitaminShot will support energy release, improve concentration, reduce fatigue and increase performance. Naturally sweetened with Acai berry and combined with six essential vitamins, 6VitaminShot is a healthy, sugar free alternative to an afternoon brain boost.

6VitaminShot is available from www.6vitaminshot.co.uk from £2.50 a shot or £24.99 for a box of 12.

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