5 Ways To Overcome The Afternoon Slump

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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!

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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!).

eggo waffles millennial snack

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!

eggo waffle with almond butter and seasonal 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.

Rachel Ritlop The confused millennial beach

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.

rachel ritlop the confused millennial


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.


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What are your favorite ways to break free of the afternoon slump?

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  • I seriously feel like I’m Eleven from Stranger Things because I’m obsessed with Eggo Waffles! They’re so good. Love these tips. Sometimes it can be so hard not to get into an afternoon funk, especially as the work week winds down and gets closer and closer to the weekend.
    Katie | Millennial on the Move

  • These are great ideas! I suck so much at self care and I keep seeing everyone pushing to do it more. Even journaling or taking a few minutes to meditate, I know I need it in my life!

    • I feel like I’ve been sucking at self care lately too! It ebbs and flows for me

  • Kathleen Brown

    Really great tips. I find just getting up and walking around is very helpful. I always forget to stay hydrated.

  • This always happens to me! It helps to get some fresh air and sunlight.

    • Lol always! currently struggling with it now too! But just changed up my scenery so getting a second wind!

  • Sarah Jean

    Taking several walks throughout my workday is so helpful in refreshing my mind so I can get back to work again!

  • nicole simonetti

    wow, love the idea of changing scenery up – such an easy trick to brighten the day up! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

  • I agree that skipping meals is the worst thing you can do! I also try to have health snacks like fruits, nuts, etc.

  • I love that Eggo is going the natural route. I love the convenience of frozen breakfasts but felt bad about the additives so that’s good news!

  • That sounds delicious! I have some frozen waffles in my freezer right now and I just might have to try it this week.

  • mckenna bleu

    Those waffles look so good and super easy to make!

  • Taking a walk always helps me get back on track. I totally feel you on the afternoon slump though – it’s so real.

  • The afternoon slump struggle is real! Love these tips to get back on track with my day. Staying hydrated is definitely key. I think I’ll try your change of scenery tip out this week, love that idea!

  • These are all amazing tips!! Staying hydrated is everything!

    Trendy & Tidy

  • Speaking of walks around the block, J and I have a walk date at 5 pm. HAHAHA. I love this, Rach!

    Coming Up Roses

  • That looks like an easy snack, I’m going to try it. I LOVE blueberry eggo waffles!

  • Megan

    I normally go to afternoon lectures for this reason, because then I have to take notes and stay focused. otherwise I’d totally be napping 😉

  • I need to be better about getting up and walking more to prevent it…and making sure I eat well enough at lunch time!

  • Lanae Bond

    Walking those help me to get energize when I feel tired during the day.

  • Great tips for beating the lulls. I’ve been working on the hydration and know the change of scenery would help, especially in the afternoon when I’m so tired. Perfect reminders!

  • Great tips, Rachel! Taking a break to walk always helps me so much!

  • Marie Ernst

    Eggo waffles are so good! Love with blueberries or even chocolate for a sugar kick for the rest of the day!

  • Alex Lo

    great tips! i actually use some of these every day at work around 3pm haha

  • sofieyah l
  • These are wonderful tips, I love ego waffles. they are sooo yummy!!!

  • Those are great tips! I think a lot of the time I don’t realize how little I have had to drink, or how it’s affecting my energy levels. I try to drink more water, but I need to try harder!

  • Sydney Power

    I find it so important to stay hydrated during the day, it really helps

  • Caitlin

    Self care is honestly SO important!!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  • These are such wonderful tips! I try to get up and walk about every two hours and it helps my brain feel refreshed.

  • Ashley Mason

    These are great tips! I usually try to go for a run when I start to feel tired in the afternoon!

  • Sharon Glascoe

    Yesss! I love all these tips. Making sure to get your energy is such an important one. I know that I am a zombie if I don’t eat my breakfast in the morning.

  • Leah

    Loving these tips! I work an office job so I definitely understand the “afternoon slump”. I definitely agree with the drinking water thing! So many people around my office turn to soda around 2 or 3 and they never get any more energized! I turn to water every time !

    • Oh its so real when you’re stuck in the office!

  • I love Eggos! I just had one this morning with Nutella!

  • Amy

    These are such great tips! The afternoon slump is sooo real. Also, I love Eggos! I use to eat them all the time when I was litte.


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  • I always break the monotony of staring at my computer screen by going outside or changing scenery!


  • Katie Runyan

    Love these tips! I know the afternoon slump all too well, so I’ll remember these!

  • Love these tips! I definitely need to start applying them… haha

    • haha i’ve fallen off this week so hard and need to get better with them again lol

  • Getting out and changing scenery is so important for me! Thanks for sharing these tips 🙂

  • These are fantastic ideas! I think taking self-care breaks and going on walks are always the most helpful for me.

  • These are all great ideas. Working from home, I hit that slump quite a bit!

    • ME too! I just want to crawl in bed after lunch some days lol

  • Maggie Reimherr

    Great ideas! The change of scenery is SO important. I’ve realized at my current job that I need to take my hour long lunch break every day just to get out of the office. It helps me refresh for the second half of the day!

    Maggie | http://www.amillennialmarriage.com

  • I used to be so bad about not eating breakfast.. meaning I’d overindulge at lunch. The afternoon slump was so real! Great tips to avoid it.

    • Yeah I’ve totally been there too! It took such a toll on my energy and mood

  • Great tips! Waffles with PB2 and blueberries is my breakfast literally every day 🙂

  • Chelsea

    These are great tips! I love the blueberry ones, too!

  • Definitely need to add meditation to my daily schedule. It is so good for the soul.

  • Girl, the afternoon slump gets me EVERY time. Thanks for sharing your tips!


  • Those waffles with blueberries look so good. I may have to start trying that for a healthy snack!

  • Those waffles look so good!!! I had the biggest afternoon slump today, I’m definitely going to have to come back to this tomorrow.


  • Lauren Jane

    Ugh my kiddos LOVE waffles…must make a target trip! I actually just crawl into bed at 2ish, that’s naptime 😉

  • nicole simonetti

    I’ve been making it a point to get up every day from my desk btwn 2 & 3pm and go for a quick walk & it’s definitely been helping! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

  • Greta Hollar

    Eggo Waffles are my jam! I eat them ALL. THE. TIME.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • stephanieabills

    This is some awesome advice! I always take a walk around the block when I feel myself hit the afternoon “wall”

  • Marie Ernst

    Love all these! And you’ve gotten me hungry for waffles!

  • Lisa

    I totally need a pick-me-up each afternoon! I’m jealous of how often you get to go to the beach, totally landlocked here in Oklahoma, ha.

  • Such great ideas! Definitely love the idea of just taking a simple walk around the block.

    Jennifer Ashley

  • Great tips to get out of a slump and to avoid it in the first place! Skipping meals is always my biggest culprit, I end up getting so grumpy haha.

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