How to beat the afternoon 'blahs' -

How to beat the afternoon 'blahs'

Are you losing energy in the afternoon? Do you get sleepy, or just feel like taking a nap?  If you do, then we've got some tips on how to put the zing back into your life so you can beat the afternoon "blahs."

The afternoon slump is an all-to-familiar experience for those on the job. While the causes may vary, certain factors can worsen the post-lunch crash.

If you're already sleep-deprived, you're going to feel a little bit more of that crash in the afternoon. Then, if you're eating a high-carb diet, that slump may affect you a little bit more. 

A good diet can fuel your day. Throughout the day, include healthy fats found in nuts or unrefined carbs such as fruits and protein-rich foods like yogurt. Munching on snacks like these every few hours keeps you more energized than a big meal.

Also, to avoid hitting a 'wall,' doctors recommend sleeping seven to eight hours a night.

If you do start to feel yourself fade, there is one proven way to get your blood pumping again - get up off of that chair! Physical activity, such as stretching your legs or simply moving around a little bit (to get your heart-rate going again) can help bring back a little of that energy you had during the morning hours.

You can also jump-start your system by grabbing a cup of coffee. Caffeine in moderation is an effective, temporary pick-me-up. Studies also show that taking a whiff of peppermint or chewing peppermint gum improves concentration and alertness.

Want to know more about wellness? Ask our expert, Peggy Hall.

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