You can feel it.
You’re trying desperately to will it away, but inevitably the clock strikes 3:00pm and suddenly, you are exhausted.
The thought of striking the letters on the computer keyboard seems like a daunting task, not to mention you can barely keep your eyes open.
‘Argh!’ you think to yourself.
When this happened yesterday, you swore it wouldn’t happen again.
As you walk to the café to get a coffee, or the vending machine for a can of Soda you wonder how to avoid this regular afternoon 3pm slump tomorrow.
Here’s the good news: there are steps you can take to energise your body throughout the day and avoid this desperate feeling.
The best place is to start your day with breakfast.
Now before we even talk about what to eat, let’s recognise that it’s so important TO EAT breakfast.
Your body has been in a state of rest, relaxation, and recharging for several hours. It needs fuel in the form of carbohydrates and protein to get going in the morning.
Instead of processed cereal and milk, why not go for oatmeal with almonds and blueberries?
Or prepare a couple of hardboiled eggs that you can grab-n-go in a hurry. Pair them with a brown rice cake with almond butter and you’re starting your day off on the right foot.
It’s also important to remember to drink water throughout the day to keep you alert. Dehydration is certain to cause sleepiness and fatigue.
A few glasses of water could be the difference between your 3pm exhaustion and vitality.
Don’t forget to put some thought into your daily snacks and ensure they are fuelled with protein to keep you feeling satiated (full).
Fatty foods will make you feel lethargic whilst sugar snacks will provide an initial spike, but then you’ll feel the crash and burn as you come down from the sugar high.
Take a few minutes at home to prepare trail mix with almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and Goji berries. For sweetness, you can add some cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips
The afternoon 3pm slumps don’t have to continue. You can control how your body feels . By starting your day with a protein rich breakfast and nourishing your body with healthy food (and water) regularly, every 2-3 hours throughout the day – you’ll be sure to feel vitality and perform at your peak.