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How to Avoid an Afternoon Crash

You know the feeling. It’s the afternoon but the end of the workday seems so far away. You’ve crashed and now you don’t know how you’ll muster up enough energy to reach the finish line.

If this has happened to you more times than you care to remember, it’s time to make a change. There’s a good chance that a slight alteration to your daily approach could have a big impact.

Here are three things you can do to avoid an afternoon crash:

1. Eat a healthy breakfast

It sounds cliche, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It serves as the foundation for the rest of your day. If you don’t eat breakfast — or load up on donuts and other unhealthy foods — you put yourself behind the eight ball. Stick with oatmeal, fruit, eggs, and yogurt.

2. Limit snacks

It’s natural to get the urge to eat sometime before lunchtime arrives. While a healthy snack, such as nuts or granola, is okay, don’t get into the habit of snacking on chips, candy bars, and sugary soda. This may make you feel good the moment you’re consuming it, but it increases the risk of a hard afternoon crash.

3. Take a nap

It’s not always possible, but if you have time in your schedule for a quick power nap consider grabbing some shut-eye. Fifteen or twenty minutes may be all that you need to re-energize your mind and body.

Experiment with one or more of these tips, measure the results, and tweak your approach accordingly. You’ll eventually settle into a routine that works better for you.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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