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The Dreaded Afternoon Slump


The afternoon slump is a common occurrence for many of us. As the day progresses, it's not uncommon to experience a decrease in energy and productivity. Rather than reaching for another cup of coffee or relying on sugary snacks, why not try integrating some mindful movements into your routine? Incorporating a few simple, discreet exercises into the day can help you recharge, improve focus, and increase energy levels. Here are a few of my favorites:


a) Seated Spinal Twist: Sit tall in your chair and place your left hand on your right knee. Gently twist your torso to the right, looking over your right shoulder. Hold for a few breaths, then switch sides.


b) Shoulder Rolls: Sit or stand with your arms by your sides. Slowly roll your shoulders forward in a circular motion, then reverse the direction. Repeat for several rounds, focusing on releasing any tension in your shoulders and neck.


c) Chair Pose: Stand up with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees, as if sitting back into an imaginary chair, while raising your arms straight above your head. Hold while taking a few deep breaths, then release.


d) Standing Forward Bend: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and slowly bend forward from your hips, allowing your upper body to hang down towards the floor. Let your arms dangle or hold onto your elbows. Take deep breaths and gradually release any tension in your neck, shoulders, and back. Slowly roll back up to a standing position.


The next time you find yourself starting to wilt, these simple techniques can be a game-changer. What are your tried and true afternoon energy boosters?

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