I hope you all are having a great Monday! It is nice to have an extra day off to relax and rejuvenate. I was talking with some girlfriends a few days ago about the afternoon slump and how we all feel it around the same time. Some of my friends grab a coffee or snack on chocolate to get through it. I thought I would share a few energy zappers and how to get past that afternoon slump.
High Sugar Snacks
These may give you a temporary boost but once they are out of your system you will usually crash. Avoid reaching for the candy dish at 3pm. Instead try adding in a high protein or high fiber snack instead. I like celery and peanut butter or a small protein shake.
Get Enough Sleep
Not having enough sleep inevitably will leave you feeling fatigued later in the day. Make sure you are getting quality sleep. One of my favorite things to help with sleep is lavender and cedar wood essential oils. I apply it to my feet, chest and neck prior to bed plus diffuse them an hour prior in my bedroom. This signals my body that it is time to relax and gets me in sleep mode.
Get Enough Exercise
Getting enough exercise can help improve your sleep which will lead to having more energy as well. Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. I also find that if I am dragging in the afternoon when I get home it helps to take my dogs on a brisk walk. I always feel refreshed after. Plus it helps me to have a little downtime before my kids and the hubby get home.
Stress can take a toll on our bodies and zap us of that much needed energy to get through the day. Try to manage your stress with meditation, yoga, journaling or spending time with loved ones. You will always feel energized after hanging out with your friends!
Not drinking enough water can zap your energy quickly especially if you workout. Water helps us to flush out the toxins, keep our tissues hydrated and our energy levels up. Instead of reaching for a coffee reach for a glass of water. You can add a splash of lemon or lime juice or a drop of grapefruit essential oil to add some flavor. Try sparkling water to mix it up as well.
I hope these simple tips will help you power through that afternoon slump. As always if this has been a serious problem for you I suggest seeking advice from your doctor or naturopath. Have a great week!