We all know the dreaded 3PM crash, when our energy dips and we feel like we can't keep going. This cycle can be very frustrating and counterproductive. Do you ever feel like you've hit a wall in the afternoon and can't seem to get going again? You're not alone. According to some studies, around 75% of people experience a lull in energy at around 3PM. This so-called "3PM crash" can be caused by a variety of factors, including low blood sugar, dehydration, and stress. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to help avoid it. Here are some tips that might work for you.
1. Eat a low-carb breakfast and lunch
Foods that are rich in carbs but low in protein can lead to a spike in blood sugar, which then results in a major decrease in energy.
2. Stay hydrated
This may be a no-brainer, but it’s very easy to lose track of time and realize later on, you haven’t had nearly as much water as you should have. That may be a prime reason as to why you’re feeling a 3PM crash.
3. Avoid sweets throughout the day
You’ll want to avoid the temptation of sweets throughout the day. If hunger pains kick in, try your absolute best to opt for a healthier snack such as nuts, yogurt, or veggies.
4. Go for a walk
Just getting up and getting some activity in is enough to give you that wake-up boost that you need. Short periods of physical activity are more effective in giving an energy boost than caffeine.
5. Listen to music
Yep, something as simple as this can help wake you up a bit more! Research has shown that music can help increase your concentration levels. Carson Tate, author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style actually recommends the best genre of music to listen to is a laid-back beat or lo-fi beat to help clear the mind.
What does your 3PM look like? Hopefully after implementing these tips, full of energy and NO more crashes!
What if you could be more productive and less stressed? If you're like most people, your productivity starts to decline in the early afternoon. You might find yourself feeling sleepy, unfocused, or unmotivated after lunch even though it's only 3PM (aka "The 3PM Crash").
The 3PM crash cycle is a thing of the past. With these five easy steps, you can beat this phenomenon and maintain your energy levels throughout the day!