Beat the Afternoon Blahs: Simple ways for Energy Revival

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I often talk about morning routine how the first 20 minutes of your day set the bar for the rest of it.  What about the afternoon slump. We've all been there: eyelids drooping, brain foggy, productivity plummeting.  Sometimes it’s for seemingly no reason at all?!  Fear not, let’s go through some ways to beat  the 3 pm lull! Here are some simple ways to re-energize your body and mind for a powerful afternoon finish.

Fuel Your Body Wisely

  • Hydration: Did you know dehydration is a major culprit behind fatigue? Keep a reusable water bottle handy and sip throughout the day. Aim for eight glasses, but adjust based on your activity level.
  • Snack Attack (The Good Kind):   It’s all to easy to fall into the trap of a little afternoon pick me up in the form of a sugary treat.   The brain loves sugar we start to tell ourselves we deserve it, we have been working hard.   Sugary treats lead to a crash. Plan ahead and have a stash in the form or fruit, nuts or a yoghurt, for sustained energy. 
  • Breakfast Matters: It’s all about your morning routine and it sets the tone for your entire day. So many people say they are not a fan of breakfast.  It does not need to be heavy or a chore.  Skip the donuts and choose a balanced breakfast with whole grains, protein, and healthy fats.   This provides your body with the fuel it needs to avoid an afternoon slump.

Move Your Body, Boost Your Mood

  • Get moving: Feeling sluggish? Step outside for a brisk walk. Sunlight exposure helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle, and light exercise increases blood flow, oxygenating your brain and body.
  • Desk Stretches: Take a few minutes to stretch your neck, shoulders, and back. This can release tension, improve circulation, and leave you feeling more alert. Why not give this a try.
  • Power Up the Stairs: Skip the elevator and take the stairs instead. It's a quick and easy way to get your blood pumping, wake yourself up and get your step count up.

Refresh Your Mind and Refocus

  • Digital Detox: Information overload can drain your energy. Take a short break from your screens and allow your mind to relax. Close your eyes, take a deep breath for a few minutes, or listen to music.  Try this
  • Change Your Scenery: Feeling stuck? Take a walk around the office, chat with a colleague, or even move to a different workspace for a change of pace.
  • Switch off : Stop what you are doing.  Perhaps it’s too much screen time, perhaps it’s been a full on meeting.  Do the exact opposite.  It could be from any of the options I have shared.  While I don’t advocate more screen time sometimes listening/watching a comedy skit or looking at some cute animals makes all the difference.

Bonus Tip: Listen to Your Body

Pay attention to your body's natural rhythms. If you're someone who thrives on a consistent sleep schedule, prioritize getting enough rest at night.  Having a sleep routine which works for you in a space that is calm and device free.     Experiment and find what works best for you, this can change with the seasons, to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.  Like everything our bodies, energy level a constantly changing.  

By incorporating these simple things into your routine, which don’t take up any extra time you can beat the afternoon slump and power through the rest of your day. Remember, you need to take care of yourself to be your best self.  With a little planning you can power through the day - ready for anything


Frequently Asked Questions About Beating the Afternoon Slump

1. Why do I get an afternoon slump even if I slept well?

There are several reasons: dehydration, blood sugar fluctuations from unhealthy snacks, skipping breakfast, and lack of physical activity.

2. Why are sugary treats bad for beating the afternoon slump?

While sugar provides a quick energy boost, it leads to a crash later, leaving you feeling even more fatigued.

3. What are some healthy snack options for an afternoon pick-me-up?

Fruits with nut butter, yogurt with berries, veggie sticks with hummus, or a protein bar are all great choices for sustained energy.

4. How can I get myself moving when I feel sluggish?

Even a short burst of activity can make a difference. Take a brisk walk outside, do some desk stretches, or climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator.

5. How can I clear my head and refocus during the afternoon?

Take a digital detox! Close your eyes, take some deep breaths, or listen to calming music for a few minutes. Changing your scenery by walking around or chatting with a colleague can also help.

6. Is it okay to watch a funny video or look at cute animal pictures during the workday?

Sometimes! A short break to do something that makes you smile can refresh your mind and improve your mood.

7. How much water should I be drinking throughout the day?

Aim for eight glasses of water per day, but adjust based on your activity level. Dehydration is a major culprit behind fatigue, so keep a reusable water bottle handy and sip throughout the day.

Rebecca Rodden wearing elama shirt dress in sunset camo
Rebecca Rodden founder of the Fashion Lifestyle Brand ‘Eluroom’
She brings wealth and knowledge in the Fashion Industry, Spanning 20 years working her way up to Buying Director at a British Luxury Retail Company.
Her knowledge and skills of how and what you wear can set your mood or mindset for the day has become her specialty.
Rebecca, designs her own sustainable fashion dresses and incorporates mindfulness and wellbeing in her brand ethics to connect to her customers on a deeper level.
She promotes ‘Living with Joy’


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