How to Get Rid of Lethargy

Feeling lethargic happens to everyone in short periods, but sometimes you can feel this way for an extended period of time. You feel sluggish and like you have no energy to perform your necessary task. You often do not even have the desire to attempt to do the things you would normally want to do.

Afternoon Blahs

The most time of day when the majority of people suffer from lethargy is between 2pm and 4pm. This is the time period after that carbohydrate loaded lunch when you have been sitting at your desk, and your blood sugar levels have risen from lunch, and started their descent. You feel like you want a nap, and the only clear thing you can concentrate on is the urge to go home. You cannot let lethargy win and ruin your day.

You must take control and apply the principle of mind over matter until you are victorious. You will be more productive at work, and you will feel more energized when you get home if you do not lethargy take hold.

Common Causes of Lethargy

The following list includes some of the more common causes of lethargy.

  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Constipation
  • Overeating
  • Lack of sunlight
  • Lower than normal oxygen intake
  • Nutritional deficiency

Any of these problems, plus many more health related issues can cause a person to feel lethargic. Most everyone has the everyday lethargic feeling after they consume a carbohydrate rich lunch, and then return to the office. They have a good old case of the, I can’t seem to get motivated afternoon blahs.

Symptoms of Lethargy

There are several symptoms of feeling lethargic, such as:

  • Body aches
  • Lack of the ability to concentrate
  • Lack of interest
  • Fatigue
  • Change in physical behavior such as changes in bowel habits
  • Sleep disorders like insomnia or over sleeping

Get Moving

One of the main things you can do to overcome that lethargic feeling is to get your blood pumping by doing some sort of physical exercise. If you are at the office get up and walk around. Do not get a sugar rich drink because the extra carbohydrates will add to your problem, but get up and get a drink of water.

Take some deep cleansing breaths and increase that oxygen level. Taking good deep breaths can chase away the sleepy feeling, and it can make your head clearer so you can concentrate on your job.


There are some things you can do to prevent lethargy. You can try:

  • Eating meals that contain less carbohydrate rich foods at lunch
  • Eat smaller portions and more frequently instead of three large meals
  • let the sun shine in your office, the additional natural light helps to chase away lethargy
  • get up every now and then and walk around instead of staying glued to the desk
  • go outside for a break
  • stay busy and keep your mind occupied
  • listen to music
  • eat your lunch outdoors