Thursday, August 6, 2015

How to Beat the Afternoon Slump

You know that 2:00 slump?  When you're not sure that you can make it through the afternoon?  I used to grab a Diet Dew or another cup of coffee, but that's just a temporary fix.  Once the caffeine wears off, I have a 4:00 slump, which is even worse than the 2:00 slump!  Keep reading for ways to beat the afternoon slump.

How to Beat the Afternoon Slump

Get Moving

It's best to get outside in the sunshine, but if that's not possible get moving in your house.  You don't need to break a sweat, but get your heart pumping for at least 10 minutes.

Snacking

Instead of grabbing a sugary snack or a caffeinated drink, a much better choice is to eat a snack that is full of protein for a longer energy boost.  That's why I love Plenti yogurt.

They started with Greek yogurt, which is high in protein and a healthy snack choice in itself.  Then they added flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, whole grain oats, and fruit to make it even more filling.  It's high in protein, so it gives me an energy boost for hours instead of a temporary boost from sugar or caffeine.  It has a 1:1 ratio of sugar to protein with 12 grams of each.


Take a Break

Take a 10-15 minute break and call a friend or chat with someone at work.  Just getting your mind off of your work will help you refocus the rest of the afternoon.

Change Your Scenery

If possible, move to another location.  I like to take my laptop and move rooms or even go to the library to work.

Switch Tasks

If you've been working on the same project all day, switch to something else for a while.  When you get back to the first project, you just might have a breakthrough thanks to the break.

Rest

Close your eyes and rest for 10-20 minutes but no longer than that.  You'll be groggy if you sleep longer.

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