Woman falling asleep in front of laptop, holding coffee cup

We’re all susceptible to the occasional afternoon lull—that 3pm slump where it’s hard to concentrate or focus on your tasks. Here are 5 ways you can give yourself an energy boost and stay productive through your afternoon:

1. Have a healthy snack

Choose snacks that incorporate complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein like whole grain crackers, assorted nuts or raw fruits and vegetables. Unlike a chocolate bar, these snacks will elevate your blood sugar steadily and keep it consistent, rather than experiencing drastic highs and lows.

2. Go for a walk

Take ten minutes to stretch your legs. Working in an office setting can mean hours of sitting behind a desk. Taking some time to move around and get your blood flowing is important and can give you more energy to get through your afternoon.

3. Listen to uplifting music

Plug in your headphones and opt for music that is upbeat and high spirited. Music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music have pre-selected playlists that you can choose from via the search bar which are created for light, uplifting songs. Alternatively, you can search YouTube for similar playlists.

4. Stay hydrated

Drinking enough water each day has many health benefits. For beating the afternoon slump, staying hydrated means consistently replenishing your body with the right type of liquids to keep going. Although coffee can help you wake up, it is dehydrating to your system. Ensure you drink enough water to combat the dehydrating effects of coffee and other dehydrants throughout your day.

5. Chew gum

Studies have shown that chewing gum can enhance memory performance, reduce stress and help you stay awake. The chewing stimulates the muscles in your face and increase blood flow in your head. By choosing peppermint flavoured gum, you can give yourself an added boost as the scent has been known to increase alertness.  Ensure you practice good manners while chewing gum in the office; chewing with your mouth closed and not blowing bubbles.