Every day a midday nap or more refined: a siesta! We commonly consider this a sign of Mediterranean laziness, but this is not what it is about.
As humans, we are programmed by our genes to sleep twice a day: at night and at noon. So if you have trouble getting anything done after lunch, it has less to do with food than with your biological clock. The meal only accelerates the process.
Instead of resisting it, you should try to accept the natural need. Fighting against the arising tiredness and exhaustion only causes additional stress and spoils the mood.
As a result, you will become irritable and make mistakes. If you are not careful, you will become depressed over time.
Researchers recommend a daily nap, if possible. However, you should limit it to a maximum of 20 minutes. If longer, you will fall into a deep sleep and take much longer to get back into your working routine.
A refreshing nap does not need to last long. Even a nap of a few minutes can have a relaxing effect. It gives you new strength, reduces stress, and increases your performance.
If you don’t have the opportunity to relax in a bedroom or lounge, use your office chair as an improvised armchair.
Close your eyes, lean back, and let your head rest on the headrest if you have one.
Place your arms on the armrests.
Your legs are parallel to each other in a relaxed position so that the blood circulation is good.
Listen to soothing music and consciously relax your muscles.
For your recovery, it is sufficient to relax deeply.
You do not need to fall asleep.
If the topic of ergonomics in the office or home office appeals to you and you are interested in it more deeply, I can recommend my book “Wellness in the Office”. Combined with humorous drawings, I pass on 50+1 tips to make your office a little paradise.