Afternoon Slump Got You Down? Here’s How to Stay Energized Throughout the Day

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When the afternoon rolls around, and you start to feel your energy dropping, there are many things you can do to boost energy levels naturally. Try these methods to beat an afternoon slump and have more energy throughout the day:

How to Beat an Afternoon Slump in Energy

Get Your Body Moving

Work out. Squeezing a workout into your day, even if you can only spare 10 minutes at a time, will help keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

Stretch it out. Yoga, which uses various movements, stretches, and breathing techniques for exercise and meditation, is an excellent fatigue fighter.

Move around. Taking breaks throughout the day to move and stretch is a highly effective way to get that quick burst of energy to get you through the rest of the day!

Exercise boosts energy, both immediately and over the long term. Make sure to get your body moving and your blood pumping throughout the day.


Eat for an Energy Boost

Don’t skip breakfast. A balanced breakfast provides energy to power through the day and helps your body perform at its best.

Cut back on sugar. Steer clear of foods that are high in sugar or refined carbohydrates. Sugar gives you a quick, easy boost, but you’ll pay for it later with low blood sugar and a drop in energy.

Stay Hydrated. Drinking enough water to stay hydrated is key for keeping energy levels up throughout your day.

To have the energy you need to power through your day, eat high in fiber, protein, and healthy fat, as well as fresh fruit and veggies.


Rest and Recharge

Prioritize sleep. Not getting enough sleep can disrupt your body’s natural sleep/wake cycle and lead to excessive daytime sleepiness. Aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

Take a power nap. If powering through the energy slump isn’t working, a quick power nap might be your solution.

Head Outside. Soaking up a little sunshine and getting some fresh air could be just what you need to recharge.

If you’re getting enough sleep but still feel tired and can’t beat an afternoon slump, consider talking to your Dedication Health physician about possible underlying causes.