Ways to Beat 3pm Slump

Ways to Beat 3pm Slump

Oct 04, 2022 Alex Brecher

That mid-afternoon slump is way too familiar to so many of us! It can hit while you’re in a meeting at work, when you’re picking up the kids from school, or when you’re trying to finish off some errands. What can you do about it?

Actually, there are many ways you can beat the slump naturally. Here are 7 of them!

  • Eat a high-protein breakfast and lunch.
  • Protein is a nutrient that’s slow to digest. That means it leads your blood sugar to rise a bit, and it doesn’t fall that soon afterwards. That means energy stays more stable, so you have a better chance of beating the mid-afternoon slump. Eggs, low-fat cheese, chicken, beans, tuna, and lentils can all have a place at your breakfast or lunch table.

  • Skip the sugar.
  • Remember the blood sugar-stabilizing effects of protein? Well, sugar has the opposite effect. Sugars and starches can drive up blood sugar and let it fall soon after. That means energy slumps, too. Instead of a sugary or refined starchy food like sugary breakfast cereal, pancakes with syrup, or sandwiches on bagels, consider oatmeal or another whole-grain cereal for breakfast, and whole-grain bread for lunch, along with your protein.

  • Drink more water.
  • Dehydration makes you tired, and people tend to get more dehydrated in the afternoon. Drink some water at lunch, and then make a point to drink again in the early afternoon. You might find yourself staying more alert. 

  • Get moving.
  • Take a walk if you can, or get in a workout. If that’s not possible, and you’re stuck inside, know that even a bit of movement helps. You can march in place or wander around the room or building for a bit. Whatever gets that blood circulating can help you stay awake.

  • Go outside.
  • Getting some fresh air and natural light can wake you up. Going outside to exercise is helpful, but it’s good to just go outside even if you’re not moving. It’s okay to go outside and work or take a phone call.

  • Listen to music.
  • Music of any sort can help you be more alert. Try listening to music before your usual slump time, and good news: it doesn’t matter what kind of music, so choose your favorite. If you feel like dancing, go right ahead. You’ll get even more benefits!

  • Use vitamin patches.
  • Certain vitamins and other nutrients support energy and focus. The Energy and Focus Patches by PatchAid include ingredients such as these:*

    • B vitamins essential for energy production.
    • Antioxidants that help prevent cellular damage.
    • Melatonin for healthy sleep.

    Look through the collection, and see which may be right for you. Your doctor can also help you choose!

    The 3pm slump can hit hard, but it doesn’t have to. Some smart planning can go a long way in giving you more constant energy through the day. With healthy strategies and vitamin patches, you may be able to feel good and be more productive all day.

    *The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. PatchAid patches are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone with a medical condition should seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individual results may vary.

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