afternoon slump

Combat the Afternoon Slump

We have all been there. You’ve had a fairly productive morning, you go off for lunch and then come back, ready to face the rest of the day.
Your body, however, has other ideas. Half an hour after you settle back in at your desk, you jolt yourself, realising you’ve been staring at the same piece of text on the screen for at least ten minutes. Rubbing your suddenly exhausted eyes, you try to focus, stifling a yawn. Your body, earlier so energised, now feels like lead and you look at the clock, groaning when you realise you have at least another four hours before finishing.
Does this sound like you? You’re not alone. Believe it or not, there are ways to combat this or at least try and alleviate it a little.  Have a read below to find out how.



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Things like crisps, cakes and snack bars are often seen as a tasty treat, even more so as part of a well-rounded lunch. As delicious and quick these things are, not only are they bad for you health wise, the sugar and fats in them will play havoc on your energy levels.
A healthy salad with plenty of lean protein, or even a sandwich or wrap containing the same (try the wholemeal option if possible) can be just as satisfying. Just go easy on the butter or mayo if you must have some!
Foods such as fruits and berries can be great accompaniments to this, as well as for snacks. Nuts can be good too, as they are high in protein but be careful, as they are also rich in fats.


When you start feeling the slump creeping on, consider doing something more physically active. Try having a walk around the office, maybe offer to do the tea run. Even going out for lunch gives you some physical activity, venture to your local sandwich shop if it’s within walking distance. Not only will this give you a chance to stretch your legs, you will get some healthy fresh air.

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Desk exercises can help too if you are unable to leave the office. Some excellent examples, including stretches and lunges, can be found at https://draxe.com/exercise-to-do-at-your-desk/.


If you are able and it doesn’t affect anyone else in your office space, switch on the radio or some upbeat music to break the silence. You may even consider listening to some motivational podcasts.


Sometimes, the reason why we feel so sluggish in the office is that it can get quite stuffy and warm. Open some windows, let some fresh air in and this may just give you the kickstart you need.

Stay Hydrated!

As well as quenching thirst, fluids can kickstart your energy levels if you’re feeling less than enthusiastic at work.  Try not to overload too much on caffeine though, flavoured water and low in sugar fruit juices can be just as refreshing.

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And a bonus… Eye Care

Working in an office, staring at a computer screen for hours on end can be detrimental to your eyes. Make sure you are wearing appropriate prescription eyeglasses for this purpose if needed and always allow yourself a 5-10 minute break from the screen every couple of hours. You will be surprised at how refreshing this can be!

Using all of these tips in conjunction with each other can go a long way to getting you back into optimal productivity after lunch. What do you think? Have you tried any of these? Do you have any other tips? I would love to see your comments.



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2 thoughts on “Combat the Afternoon Slump”

  1. Thanks Angie! There were some great tips in there. I know diet and hydration are the key to keeping me focused. I look forwards to working with you again in the near future.

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