How to beat the afternoon slump

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You’ve nearly digested your lunch, you have a ton of stuff left on your to-do list, and the day is not over yet. Your eyes are hanging heavy and you have little to no motivation or inspiration to get anything else done. Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve hit the dreaded afternoon slump.

It happens to the best of us, in all lines of work. And while it can be easy to head to the coffee pot or raid the candy jar, there are other healthier ways to get a pick-me-up.

Healthy ways to beat the afternoon slump by A Lady Goes West

Healthy ways to beat the afternoon slump

  • Take a walk. First and foremost, removing yourself from your current situation and moving around will get your blood flowing and give you a boost. When in doubt, go for a stroll. You get bonus points for soaking up some fresh air while walking outside. But if you have to stay within four walls, looping around inside an office building will work as well. 
  • Doodle. When was the last time you drew? Put pen to paper and let your hand do a little drawing. Your mind will begin to wander, and next thing you know you’ll have a fresh perspective on the task at hand and some extra energy.
  • Chug some water. Seriously, staying hydrated does wonders for your body. Drink up. And if you think you’ve had enough, drink a little bit more. Did you know that many times a foggy brain is just in need of some H20? Fun fact: I find that room temperature water is so much easier to drink quickly than cold. 
  • Stretch. Stand up, lift your arms above your head, pull your shoulders back and down, then tip from the hip to touch your toes, from there stand up and open your arms wide to the side in the position of a T. Holding these poses will lengthen out your muscles and counteract the effects of sitting and change your mindset. You’ll get your blood moving in no time. And don’t forget to take a few deep breaths as you hold each stretch for 15-20 seconds each.
  • Make a plan. You know what gives me some extra endorphins? Planning something fun for my weekend or the week ahead. Whether that’s a dinner date, an activity or a project, I find that giving myself something to look forward to in the near future helps to make me feel more alert. Write it on the calendar!
  • Power nap it out. It’s proven that a 20-minute nap is the ideal time for day-time shut-eye. If you have the ability to take a little break, close your office door, lay your head on the desk and get in a short snooze session. Don’t sleep too long though.
  • Wake up your mouth. Grab one of these deliciously effervescent Ricola Revitalizing Herb Drops for some flavor and a bolt of energy in your mouth. They provide an uplifting bit of lemon, followed by a fizzy sensation that soothes the throat. It’s a good time in your mouth, and that’s why a bag of these is always in my gym bag.

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Whatever you do to get some energy, step away from the high-sugar treats and caffeinated beverages, my friends. Move around, stay hydrated and hopefully you’ll have a lively afternoon, each and every day.

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*Disclaimer: As part of a Socialstars campaign, this post in sponsored by Ricola. I’ve really enjoyed learning about this family-owned Swiss company as a year-long ambassador. However, please know that all the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on Ricola, you can visit Ricola on Facebook or on Twitter.

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42 Comments

    1. Hi Susie! OH man, I bet that crutching around is NOT as rejuvenating — but definitely a killer upper-body workout. Keep on keeping on, lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, lady! They are quite tasty! Hope you have an energy-filled day! Even with your little ones taking up all your time and attention. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Yes to all of these! I used to get the afternoon slump like CRAZY. One good thing that’s happened during the Whole30 is no afternoon slump, which I’m loving. I really like these tips too, especially getting out for a walk!

  2. Getting up and moving is clutch like going on a walk (if you are able to). When living in California it was so easy to go on a walk outside after eating lunch….I miss that! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. No kidding! I LOVE the walkability of cities and suburban areas around California because of all of the parks and sidewalks and the good weather. It’s the best! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day, Marielle!

  3. Ricola drops reminds me of my childhood! They were always my go-to when I had a sore throat ๐Ÿ™‚ and taking a walk mid afternoon is usually enough for me to avoid the mid-day slump! Happy Tuesday!

  4. A co-worker and I usually take a few laps around our floor at work or I’ll go to the gym in the afternoon, (that is if I haven’t already taken a class early in the day).

    1. It’s so good to get someone else involved in the movement with you, Jessie. So I like to hear you have a coworker willing to walk with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Good suggestions – yesterday I was in an all day slump, and could have slept like a baby on my desk all day! I like your suggestion for taking a walk, it takes effort to force yourself to do it but fresh air actually works wonders. So does a green tea or a diet coke if you’re really in a pinch! ๐Ÿ˜›

  6. Woo-sah, this one is after my own heart! I’ve actually changed my workouts to be 2:30/3pm rto pump me up! It’s great if I can fit that kind of awkward time into my schedule, but I’m pumped to try the revitalizing drops!

    Thanks for the tip!
    xo, Jessica

  7. Getting some fresh air or a little bit of physical activity is probably my #1 go-to for beating the slump because it almost never fails. It’s crazy how sitting around for long periods of time actually makes me MORE tired than when I’m physically active.

    1. I KNOW, Amanda! I KNOW! I am infinitely more energized when up and about rather than sitting down. Especially more so than when staring at a computer screen!

  8. I love to take breaks throughout my day to plan my grocery list or to do list for the evening. I think walks would also be such a good option for me!

  9. DRINKING! Not alcohol. DRINKING WATER or carbonated water = SOOOOOOOO necessary for the afternoon slump, holy moly! I noticed it last night when I got off the plane, I had a ZEVIA… and I felt like 9348938247 x better! ha!

  10. I am all about a mid-afternoon walk outside! My manager and I sometimes have meetings while walking around the outside of the building and we always feel much more awake afterwards. Love these tips!

  11. Going for a walk or drinking some cold water are my favorite ways to pep myself up when I run into that midday slump. Sunshine fixes everything!

  12. I work at home so I can easily start to drag when things slow down in the afternoon online. I sometimes get sucked into the internet and end up wasting time. LOL. I set an alarm every hour to remind myself to get up and walk around a bit. It gets me up and moving, away for a bit from my computer, and I feel better and more productive once I’m back. Sometimes there’s also coffee involved while I’m up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hi Adrianne! I totally get sucked into Internet and social when I should be doing something else. And I love your plan to set an alarm to get up and walk around. Keep it up! ๐Ÿ™‚

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