The Problem:

It’s torture. Blinking your eyes in rapid-fire just to stop them from clamping shut. Nodding profusely to seem like you’re listening, even though every word coming from your boss’s mouth sounds like a stifled mumble. Struggling to concentrate because every muscle in your body is shrieking at you to fold over and take a quick nap. That afternoon crash happens to everybody. It happens every day, and it always feels like complete torture.

The Solution:

Most people’s instinct to remedy the afternoon energy slump is to grab a quick shot of caffeine. We drink countless gallons of coffee and energy drinks every day – completely ignoring the fact that this slump isn’t a chemical issue, it’s a biological one. The human body has an internal clock that regulates various functions such as sleep, digestion, immune responses and other processes. When our bodies become accustomed to a specific routine, our energy levels fluctuate from high to low depending on how fatigued we are within a 24-hour period. Energy levels typically dip dramatically right before we sleep at night, and usually after having been awake for half a day.

Stimulating your nervous system with caffeine or sugar might feel like you’re fixing the problem, but all you’re doing is forcing your body to overexert itself under the influence of a chemical substance. In the long run, this can disrupt the natural functions of your body by creating dependency. Instead of handling this problem with a quick shot of stimulants, handle it the right way with the following preventative measures:

  • Get Enough Sleep At Night:

The more of a sleep deficit a person has, the more fatigue experienced during the afternoon slump. Our bodies need adequate rest in order to metabolize efficiently. If you force yourself not to sleep, your internal clock will kick in instinctively regardless of whether you want it to or not.

  • Do Some Portion-Control:

There’s a reason why they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s because a hearty breakfast provides the nutritional foundation necessary to sustain the body throughout an entire day of activity. Instead of eating a small breakfast and a heavy lunch, have a heavy breakfast and a light lunch. This has the benefit of giving you more time to burn calories, and also prevents your body’s metabolism from diverting energy towards increased digestion after lunch.

  • Get the Right Nutrients:

The majority of sugar you eat should come from complex carbohydrates. Simple sugars, which mostly come from processed foods, flood the body with glucose which may rapidly generate energy, but is also metabolized quickly which results in an equally rapid plummet of energy. Skip that donut and replace it with some whole grain food, starchy vegetables or legumes.

  • Get Some Fresh Air:

A big part of that energy dip is plain old boredom. If you’ve been looking at a computer screen all day, break up the routine and get some fresh air. Go for a walk and think about something other than work for a while. Your brain needs to reset just as much as the body does, which can only happen if you take a little timeout.

  • Hydrate:

Water is as essential to vitality as solid food is. If the majority of what you drink has caffeine, electrolytes, sugar or sodium in it, that means your body is actually draining water away from its own cells just to digest it. Water is necessary to flush out toxins from our bodies and support every feature of our physiology. Drink it in plenty, and drink it often.

Our overall energy completely depends on how well we conserve our bodies. The more you take care of your body, the more your body will take care of you. It’s just that simple. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the many informative workshops and events listed on our website: Join RISE Programs any time to learn how to break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.