I think we all suffer from the dreaded “afternoon slump” at least twice during the working week. I’m usually hit with it badly if I’ve trained at 6:30am but didn’t sleep get much sleep the night before. As soon as the clock strikes 3pm, I struggle to keep my eyes open. And sometimes I don’t even make it to 3pm before that feeling hits! Although I am coffee drinker, I limit myself to just a few a week. So what do I do when deadlines are creeping closer and I’m still at the top of my to do list? Reach for the sugar. We naturally crave sugar when we’re tired and many of us reach for sweets or biscuits for an energy boost. But with these kind of sugar highs comes the lowest of lows and sometimes you feel even worse than before.
Last week Seasonal Berries challenged me to swap all my afternoon snacks for berries, as part of their Berries Not Biscuits campaign, to help me to have a more productive working week.
Now, I don’t eat biscuits but I am partial to a protein bar which is often full of artificial sweeteners which can cause my energy levels to dip. So I traded the bars for berries to see if I could have a more productive week, and here is how berries can help boost your productivity too.
I’m usually super focused at work, unless I’ve been sat in a 3 hour meeting. Yes, a 3 hour meeting. Fatigue really starts to creep up on me during lengthily meetings and instead of thinking about the meeting agenda my mind starts to wander and suddenly I’m planning on what I am going to wear to my 50th birthday party…which is 25 years from now. If you sometimes find it hard to stay focused and try swapping your afternoon snacks with blueberries to help keep your mind sharp. Blueberries contain such a high amount of phenols, particularly gallic acid, which will help you to remain focused and feeling energised.
Boost your immune system
As someone who has never had the flu before and rarely gets the common cold, it’s safe to say that I have a fairly robust immune system. I have my mum to thank for that, as children she made us eat everything and anything that was “good for us”. From Aloe Vera to strawberries, we had it all! Strawberries are rich in vitamins A and C, which will help you to fight off colds and the seeds also contain minerals that support immune action. They taste a lot better than Aloe Vera jelly too! Add strawberries to your diet to help prevent you from feeling under the weather and keep your performing at your best.
We all know that the secret to feeling energised and having a more productive week is to sleep more, but getting more than 8 hours sleep a night can sometimes be a myth. Especially if you’re someone who socialise after work or has a hobby. No one wants to live a life of work-sleep-repeat, but sometimes it’s important to cancel your plans and head to the land of nod. If you’re someone who lies awake in bed scrolling aimlessly on Instagram until the small hours of the morning, try switching your phone off a few hours before you go to sleep to help break the habit. If you find it hard to fall asleep sleep at night, try adding blackberries to your diet. Blackberries are high in magnesium, which has been known to help relive insomnia. I can easily get through a small punnet of blackberries in one sitting, they’re one of my favourite fruits and probably the reason why I find it so easy to go to sleep! Try to be disciplined with your sleeping routine in order to develop a regular sleeping pattern and soon you’ll be jumping out of bed to get to work…ok maybe not!
If you’ve got any more tips on how to have a more productive week, leave them below and let me know your favourite berry.
This post was sponsored by Seasonal Berries but all views and words are my own.