Thirst has a pretty strong impact on brain power. Even a minor dip in hydration can result in reduced cognitive function, brain fog, and lack of productivity.
If your energy is starting to fade, drink a very big glass of room temperature lemon water. The influx of vitamin C will feel refreshing and energizing, while the water will hopefully restore you to peak brain function.
Ditch the lunchtime sweets and caffeine
Avoid white refined carbs at lunchtime. A big insulin spike like that at noon can result in a major sugar crash around 3 PM. Instead, enjoy a light lunch rich in fresh greens, healthy fats, and lean proteins.
And forget about an afternoon coffee. Sure, it will make you feel hyper-productive for a short time, but you’ll pay dearly for it by the time mid afternoon rolls around, when your energy levels plummet. If you’re looking for stable energy throughout the entire day, caffeine’s not the best way. Try a green juice or smoothie to restore energy levels, instead.
Make sure you’re moving
Stretch those limbs! Being sedentary all day can make afternoon fatigue significantly more pronounced. Get up and do some stretches regularly for a quick energy boost, or take a walk outside in the afternoon to enjoy a little natural light and fresh air while you get that heart pumping again.
Have a healthy snack
Sometimes, low blood sugar can result in sleepiness. If you think that’s the case, enjoy a smoothie, some nuts and fruit, or some carrot sticks and guacamole dip when you’re feeling low.
Your brain is the most energy-intensive organ in your body. Feed it the fuel it needs to keep performing.
TAKE A NAP
Sometimes, you just have to listen to your body. It is completely natural for the body to desire a nap in the early afternoon. If you are in a position where you can take a 3 o’clock nap, by all means take advantage!
Brains get hot and tired. Give them a little reset, and you’ll be astounded by how much more productive you are afterwards.
Sure, your energy levels are going to dip in the afternoon, but they don’t have to plummet. Keeping yourself healthy and balanced throughout the day can ensure that your afternoons aren’t always a slog.