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Afternoon Slump - any tips?

21 replies

EJseaside · 09/09/2021 20:49

I work Monday-Friday 9-5 and need some advice on how to beat the afternoon slump! It always starts around 3pm up until I finish. I continuously drink water and eat fruit but nothing seems to be helping. Any tips?

OP posts:
NotAnotherBloodyNameChange · 09/09/2021 21:17

Laughing as I type this as another poster the other day said, no matter what the issue is, someone always says the answer is protein Grin

Pip & nut sachets
Protein bar

DameAlyson · 09/09/2021 21:24

Short brisk walk at lunchtime. Just 10-15 minutes round the block can make a difference.

Cazzovuoi · 09/09/2021 21:28

Yup protein! Stop eating fruit, the sugar makes the slump afterwards even worse Grin

EJseaside · 09/09/2021 21:33

Oh no, I'm highly allergic to all nuts lol!!

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careerchangeperhaps · 09/09/2021 21:34

Avoid a carb-laden lunch and have more protein instead.
Get outside on your lunch break - even a 5 minute walk around the block in the daylight & fresh air will help.
Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the morning.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 09/09/2021 21:35

A cup of tea, a slice of malt loaf and 5 minutes in the fresh air, if you can.

actiongirl1978 · 09/09/2021 21:36

Five minute power nap then a coffee.

Tagetta · 09/09/2021 21:50

Low carb lunch and a walk in the sunshine. I can't remember why but walking is better than napping. ( I prefer the nap but it doesn't help me ). Also, flavonoids. I was listening to Michael Moseley's Just One Thing on the radio the other day. 20g of dark chocolate a day helps. You have to do it for 2 weeks to see a difference though.

Strangevipers · 09/09/2021 22:00

Fizzy drink
Red bull
Listen to music through headphones
Watch a funny video of cats or something
Chocolate and or sweets
Water on your face

NotAnotherBloodyNameChange · 09/09/2021 22:04

Nut free protein bars

I make a double batch of these and keep these in the freezer. I do add extra cacao though as they can be a bit sloppy otherwise

pennysays · 09/09/2021 22:06

Following. Struggle with this!

ManxRhyme · 09/09/2021 22:09

I don't have refined carbs at lunch on work days. This works. Have to make sure I have enough protein and fats with my lunch though.

Winter2019 · 09/09/2021 22:19

An obvious one- Coffee

user098683 · 09/09/2021 22:24

Definitely a power nap! This is the best thing about working from home - i can't get away with it in the office Grin

Mrsdoubtfireswig · 09/09/2021 22:30

Low or no carb lunch definitely helps me. I rarely eat fruit but find an afternoon snack of something like hummus / carrots / cucumber or yoghurt and granola really helps

Snoopsnoggysnog · 09/09/2021 22:38

I cant do a low carb lunch - I just get really hungry by 4pm.
On a normal day I will make tea and have a small snack or piece of chocolate. 15 minutes staring at my phone or doing some kind of personal task. Helps me to do something mindless for a while.

Another tip I read on here is to carry some perfume with you and give yourself a small spritz at 4pm. I liked this idea but I don’t like spray perfume so got a roller ball scent thing from M&S it’s lovely!

idontlikealdi · 09/09/2021 22:39

Power nap, or no carbs at lunch. When I was in the office I used to get a cheeky ten minutes in the prayer room.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 10/09/2021 19:07

Love the perfume idea. Stealing it.

Wigeon · 10/09/2021 19:11

I used to start yawning and eyelids drooping at work around 3pm - think I was just regularly getting just a bit too little sleep as it hasn’t happened at all since I’ve been working at home, and can get up at 7am not 6am (no commute).

Could it be lack of sleep?

Doomscrolling · 10/09/2021 19:12

What do you eat for lunch? Processed carbs are a nightmare for afternoon slumps.

Do you WFH or at a workplace? At home is much easier for rustling up something not carb-dependent. I had an omelette and a tomato salad for lunch today. Took 5 minutes maximum to cook.

VallarMorghulis · 10/09/2021 19:38

I second the power nap. Even 5 minutes of shuteye makes a difference. It's the only thing that works for me.

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