After pushing through tasks and having a productive morning, you eventually hit your mid-day lull. Many people get that feeling of afternoon grogginess around 2:00 or 3:00 p.m., making it impossible to stay motivated.

Why do you start to feel tired in the afternoon? Two major reasons are your body’s circadian rhythm and your lunch. In the afternoon, your body’s core temperature naturally dips, prompting the release or a sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin. Meanwhile, eating a big meal, especially one loaded with carbs, causes your blood sugar levels to spike to digest your food, and then drop, leaving you drained and drowsy. Sitting at your desk all day without a break or not drinking enough water can also influence your mid-day slump.

Portrait of tired young business woman working in office

So, our first inclination when we feel sleepy is to take a nap. But, what if you’re at the office or have a full household to-do list? Here’s how you can trick your body into feeling awake and energized, so you can beat that afternoon grogginess.

Go for a Walk

Take a walk to get away from your desk and move around. A brisk walk will boost your circulation and help you regain your focus. Additionally, the natural sunlight will help set your body’s circadian rhythm straight so you can defeat those yawns.

Eat Right

What you eat obviously has a big impact on how you feel. While a sugary snack may give you an instant burst of energy, it will soon have you crashing. To stay energized and motivated all day long, eat nutrient-rich snacks throughout the day, like fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and yogurt. Avoid eating a big heavy meal at lunchtime, and instead, choose a dish that’s light and healthy. Don’t forget to start your day with a wholesome breakfast, like these low-cal, high-protein breakfasts  or energy-boosting smoothies.

Drink Up

Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you don’t drink enough, you may experience headaches, tiredness, and difficulty concentrating. Keep a refillable water bottle on your desk and take frequent sips throughout the day.

Change Your Focus

When your workload seems to never end, it can be easy to lose your motivation and energy. Break your to-do list into smaller, more manageable tasks with short breaks in between to maintain your focus. If you have a large project that you’ve been working on all morning, switch it up by working on something different in the afternoon so you don’t fall into an energy slump.

With these tips, you can stay energized and enthused all day long.

For more health tips, visit our Wellness Section.

 

 

 

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