How to beat the afternoon slump

by Shannon Talbot

Today's post is a short one as, let's face it, it's summer, and many of us want to be enjoying ourselves and not necessarily working on personal growth. I get it.

So, I thought I would answer a question I get asked a lot.

What do you do when you're tired in the afternoon?

It's 2:00 p.m., you're sitting at your desk or on the couch, and you feel this wave of sleepiness come over you. If you're like me, you look at the clock and think, wow, I still have to make it through a few more hours of work, dinner and putting the kids to bed. You could have a catnap or grab a coffee or a pop, or you could try one or more of the following suggestions that will give you the boost of energy you need to get over the slump and not disrupt your sleep later on.

  1. Drink a big, tall glass of water - try with all your might to avoid coffee as it will just disrupt your sleep later on (coffee is best before noon)

  2. Go for a walk - even if it's just a quick one - depending on what you ate for lunch, your blood sugar could be crashing. A walk outside not only reduces fatigue but also improves your mood and is exercise!

  3. Stand up and stretch - try this if you only have a couple of minutes between meetings or activities.

  4. Put on some tunes - whatever songs give you energy - and if you want to dance, go for it. This also works if you only have 5 minutes before your next meeting.

  5. If you go for a snack, have some veggies or nuts. Avoid sugary foods even though we tend to crave them more when we're tired. Eating sugar will give us a temporary energy boost, but we may feel the crash later, and it can interrupt our sleep.

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