13 Ways To Get Rid Of Your Afternoon Slump


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Who hasn’t been there? The clock is ticking past 3pm, work has taken on a monotonous quality, you’re tired, hungry, thirsty, everything and you pretty much just want to get a chocolate bar, a gigantic coffee or go home to bed.

We’ve all been there. Our Circadian rhythms (which tell us to instinctively wake up or go to sleep) peak at both nighttime and in the afternoon, generating an almost inevitable tiredness come post-lunch. But, there are ways of beating that dreaded 3pm run to the vending machine.

Here are 14 ways to keep your motivation & energy going all afternoon! Procrastination be gone!


#1 Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can have a drowsy effect so keep sipping on that H2O to ward it off.

#2 Skip the Cocktails

Ok, not all the time but a little more than usual. Alcohol dehydrates you and affects your quality of sleep – two things that will definitely see your energy levels flagging in the afternoon.

#3 But Don’t Skip Breakfast

Making sure you’re having a healthy, filling breakfast will set you up for a sustained energy release during the day – especially if you’re eating low GI foods like dark rye bread, complex carbs and protein that keep you fuller for longer.

#4 Switch to A Smaller Lunch

You know the old saying “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”? Well, it rings true here. To avoid losing all of your energy to digesting a big lunch, lighten up so you’ve got more energy for brainpower in the afternoon.

#5 Don’t Turn To Sugar

We all know that as soon as we reach for that 3pm chocolate bar we’ll get a massive sugar high and an equally massive crash afterwards. Just say no.

#6 Take A Quick Break

Sometimes you simply need to give your mind a break. Walk away from your desk and get some fresh air or phone a friend. Even a quick scroll through Instagram can leave you feeling refreshed after a couple minutes!

#7 Work It Out

A lunchtime workout can be just the thing to rev up your energy levels for the afternoon. If lunchtime exercise doesn’t work for you, hit it in the morning or book a class for after work – that way you can have a guilt-free, healthy, protein snack in the afternoon anyway!

#8 Get Some Green Tea

Whilst green tea does have caffeine which will give you a perk, it doesn’t have anywhere near as much as coffee, which means you won’t be lying awake all night.

#9 Switch Things Up

Been working on the same project all day? Maybe it’s time to do something different. A change is as good as a holiday so start working on a different project if you’re feeling uninspired and unmotivated.

#10 Crank The Tunes

Music can have amazing effects on your brain and your energy levels. Pop in your earphone and put on your fave workout playlist. That’s bound to get your energy levels going.

#11 Take Your Lunch Outside

Sometimes it can feel like the world’s against you when the weather’s beautiful and you’re stuck inside at your job. Solution? Get outside! When you know it’s going to be a nice day, pack a portable lunch or buy one and enjoy the weather!

#12 Chew Some Gum

Studies have found that chewing gum significantly increases mental stimulation. But don’t go overboard, those who chewed gum for 15 to 20 minutes had decreased mental stimulation!

#13 Just Buy A Coffee! 

Some days you just have to bite the bullet and get another coffee. Try and it make it a decaf or a smaller size so that you’re still getting some caffeine but not enough to keep you wide awake all night.

Try to implement some of these small changes and you’ll see your energy levels keeping up with your workload all day!

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Lucy O'Connor

Sydneysider. Working woman. Fashion blogger. High heel lover. Foodie. Traveler. Lipstick devotee. Writer of Blush & Bordeaux - fashion, beauty, living, travel & wellness. Lover of all things Career Girl Daily!

  • Stella Sowa

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  • Camille Beygui

    Awesome post ! Thanks for sharing

  • Cristina

    These sound like very good pieces of advice! I should give them a try.

    Cristina | *janded

  • smcmillian89

    I will give several of these a try. Great tips. I’ve been struggling with afternoon slump myself. millennialsavingmoney.com

  • Tony.

    The dreaded afternoon slump is something I’ve suffered with for some years now, so thanks for your tips, I shall definitely give some of them a try.

  • Carol Cameleon

    I always try to hard to avoid the choc attack but its my weakness and i dont alwats succeed! I dont touch coffee though and only have water!

  • jiturka

    I try to sleep for a few (5, max 10) minutes if possible. It makes a huge difference in my productivity! Even better if I drink coffee right before that. But I reckon not many workplaces are so tolerant as to let you nap :-)

  • Lucy Lees

    Great tips; thanks for sharing! The afternoon tiredness can be hard to shake, I’ve found hitting the fruit really helpful :-)
    Life inside the Locket

  • María

    As a good spaniard, I take a micronap. It’s only 10 minutes of deep deep switch-off. After that, you are another person with charged batteries!

  • Dinel

    Music and a 10-min distraction (looking at pics on we heart it, or a magazine) helps me when this happens. Thank you for sharing!

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