How to Overcome the Afternoon Slump

The morning is my prime time! Eighty percent of my to-do lists usually are completed by ten o’clock in the morning. I have a high energy level, and a drive to get things done. Around the house, do some fun tasks with the girls or with work. But then lunch roles around, and nap time. Next thing I know the girls are waking up and I’m in a slump. My energy level is significantly lower than this morning, I have minimal drive. Overall, I am just “blah”.

I was interested in finding ways to stop myself from getting into this slump in the afternoon. Because some days I had low energy levels into the evening. And I wasn’t a whole lot of fun with the kids by the time dinner rolled around. After The kids bedtime I would end up on the couch till I thought I should go to sleep.

So I took the initiative a few months ago to make some serious changes to stop the afternoon crash. First I started with staying hydrated. This is an obvious go to because dehydration has many side effects that can ruin anyone’s day. Every morning I make sure to drink a minimum of 16oz and to have one glass every hour. This also helps with your metabolism, big bonus!

Eating healthy, is also another obvious way to help reduce the afternoon funk. Make sure to attain proper nutrients, avoid heavily salted food, meals with high carbohydrates and sugars. Focus on eating protein to help fill you up for the day. Try adding some healthy fats such as coconut oil or avocado to help keep your mind functioning during the day.

One of my daily goals is to exercise once a day. Whether it’s cardio, yoga, stretching or an easy walk. Exercising helps increase blood level which helps with your energy level. Sometimes when I’m feeling my energy level dropping in the afternoon. I will take 15 minutes and do some yoga to help give me a boost.

Avoid too much caffeine. Surprising isnt it?How many of you have overdosed on coffee to keeo you alive? Ive done that on more than one occasion. Many studies have shown that drinking too much coffee can cause insomnia. The caffeine can prevent you from getting the proper restorative sleep leaving you tired! So even though you think I having a third coffee will give you the energy you need, it will leave you more tired than before.

Try to get the appropriate amount of sleep every night. Make a routine of your bedtime and aim for the same time every night. My husband wakes up early for work so we are in bed between 8:30-9pm. Going to bed at the same time every night can help you get the proper amount of restorative sleep during the night. Leaving you with great energy levels all day!

Many of these are pretty obvious but how many of us actually follow all of them? You could be having a busy week causing you to eat out more, not drink enough water. Or stress could be ruining your sleep. The goal is too focus on what you need to do for yourself, set goals and achieve. Although these are obvious, not having a huge sugary breakfast can make all the difference for the rest of your day.

Thanks for reading,

Jaclyn Yvonne