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How to Battle the After-Lunch Slump

Momentum usually runs its course through the morning hours and into the early afternoon, but around two or three o'clock there's typically a lag in energy. Suddenly you're not sure how you'll ever survive the next few hours awake at your desk. You think caffeine may be the answer except you've already had your fair share and are trying to cut back. Candy? Only if you want to crash again in an hour's time. Even the most motivated workers aren't immune to the afternoon drag — no matter how much you love your job or how jam-packed your daily schedule, the slump somehow manages to seep in some days. To see how I battle the midafternoon slump just


  • Eat lunch that will give you energy, not slow you down. While they can be made healthily, during my small stint as a meat-eater I found that turkey sandwiches made me want to take a nap. The same can be said for anything on the greasier side and lunches that are served in large portions.
  • Call a friend. This is one of my favorite ways to jump-start my afternoon. If you work in an open space, grab your cell phone and take a 15-minute walk. Call a friend that you know will have time to chat and you enjoy talking to — catching up and getting away from your desk will give you a boost that will push you through the rest of the day.
  • Rearrange your schedule. If possible, move your workout from after work to midday. It may not be feasible every day but doing this just a couple times a week will break up the monotony of the work day. Plus, you'll learn to manage your time better when you know you'll be out of the office for a period of time.
  • Get out of the office. Even if you don't work in an area that's exciting to walk around, just take time to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Just sitting on the steps outside of your building and taking some time to refocus for the rest of the day will help.


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