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I know I can’t be alone when I say that 2 pm hits and all I want to do is crawl back into bed, curl up under the covers, and take a nap. The afternoon slump can be attributed to a few factors like our circadian rhythm (sleep cycle), Vitamin D levels, diet, or screen time.
Here are a few ways to beat the afternoon slump:
1. Stay hydrated.
Throughout the day make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids. Lack of hydration can lead to headaches or zapped energy levels. Our bodies need to be hydrated to function at their best!
2. Don’t skip meals!
Whether you a “not a breakfast person” or like me, often forgetting to eat lunch because I am too busy working, make sure you are eating throughout the day (shoot for every 3-4 hours)!
One of my favorite midday pick me ups (which you can eat for breakfast, lunch, or a snack) are Eggo Waffles, nut butter, and seasonal fruit. Eggo Waffles are now made with no artificial flavors and colors from natural sources (just look for the green banner!).
I typically go with the Eggo Blueberry Waffles topped with an almond butter spread and seasonal fruit. If almond butter isn’t your thing, any nut butter or fruit of your choice will do!
I found the new no artificial flavor Eggo Waffles at Target with the green banner on the box.
It’s super easy to make, basically toast your Eggo Waffle, smear on your choice of nut butter, and top with your choice of fruit!
3. Take a walk around the block.
Getting a little fresh air and Vitamin D is a great way to reset when you’re feeling tired. If you follow me on Snapchat (rrrachelrr) you know I usually hit the beach around 2 pm every day. It’s so that I can get my blood flowing and wake myself up for the second part of my day. It’s also a good excuse to take a break from my computer screen, which has been linked to feelings of fatigue as you strain your eyes.
4. Self-care break.
Take a 5-10 minute break to practice self-care. Some of my favorite options are deep breathing, a guided meditation, stretching, or practicing yoga. Anything where you can focus on clearing your mind and resetting.
5. Schedule appointments that will change your scenery.
Whether it’s an out of the office meeting or a doctor’s appointment, try to schedule meetings that will take you away from your standard workplace to switch things up on your brain and get you more engaged with the task at hand.