Have you found yourself struggling to stay awake, focused, alert, and productive mid-afternoon? Feeling that afternoon lull in energy?
Do you wish you could do something about it? Do you want to be a top performer, whether that’s with your kids or at work, feeling enthusiastic, energized, and making the best of each and every afternoon?
To address all of those issues, I wrote a book: Your Mid-Afternoon Energy Crash and What You Can Do About It.
The Kindle version is available now; the print version will be ready for purchase within the next 60 days. If you don’t have a Kindle reader and don’t want to wait for the print edition, a Kindle reader app is available for any device; search for it on the Apple Store, Google Play, or your favorite search engine. There’s even a browser plugin, if you prefer to read on your computer.
But right here, I’m going to give you a preview of what you can do now to make those afternoons a lot easier to tackle.
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5 Dos & 5 Don’ts to Preventing the Afternoon Slump
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Here’s what you should be doing to prevent the afternoon slump:
- Switch to tea after 1 cup of coffee to taper off the caffeine. This way you benefit from L-Theanine and avoid the coffee crash.
- Reduce your consumption, especially during lunchtime, of sugar, starches, and other high carbohydrate foods, all of which will cause your blood sugar to crash after lunch, leaving you lethargic and giving you brain fog.
- Instead, opt for protein and healthy fats, which stabilize blood sugar and create much more balanced energy levels.
- Use cinnamon on anything and everything. Cinnamon also helps to stabilize blood sugar, and has just enough kick to awaken your senses without being overwhelming.
- When you feel the doldrums of the afternoon, take a walk outside. Fresh air replenishes oxygen and walking circulates blood.
Here’s what to avoid to prevent the afternoon tiredness:
- Don’t drink soda, diet soda, sugary drinks, or energy drinks. These again will spike your blood sugar, leading to a steep blood sugar and energy crash later. You’ll be worse off than before.
- Don’t eat a pasta dish, large sandwich bread, or other starchy foods at lunch. Again, they’ll cause the roller coaster of blood sugar and the heaviness will slow you down.
- Don’t let the vending machine be your only source of calories. It’s just junk in the form of food-like substances.
- Don’t consume bad fats. They’re harder for your liver to breakdown and so will eat up your energy.
- Don’t think its possible you thrive on only 5 hours of sleep–you don’t!