We all know that time of the day; usually around 2 or 3pm, we start to hit a wall and exhaustion starts to creep in. Usually this is caused by dehydration, a coffee crash, a poor night’s sleep, over-exertion or just plain exhaustion, among other culprits. We know staying motivated and energetic can sometimes feel like a job in itself, but you don’t have to let your days drag on in a fog. Here are 7 effective ways to avoid crashing mid-day, so you can stay productive and energetic throughout the day.
Take a break and go for a nature walk
This is one of the best ways to help refocus and re-energize when you’re crashing. Walking in nature is scientifically proven to help ease anxiety and increase creativity. So, if you’re feeling tired and uninspired, find a park nearby and take a 15 minute stroll. It works wonders!
Hydrate + Boost Your Water with Zarbees
Many of us don’t realize it, but dehydration is a major culprit for exhaustion. Yes, we know how boring plain old water can be when all you want is something sweet and refreshing. However, drinking that sugary soda will do nothing but pack on unnecessary calories and cause you to further crash. Instead of reaching for a soft drink or another cup of coffee, try a booster like Zarbees. Zarbees vitamin drinks come in many different formulas and flavors and can help you stay focused and energetic throughout the day. It’s packed with multiple vitamins and immunity boosting ingredients and it tastes delicious! So, if you find water to be bland and boring, Zarbees can give you a healthy, natural, and refreshing boost! They conveniently come in individual packets, so you can easily boost your water on-the-go. Best of all, all Zarbees drinks are $4.00 off at Target now through September. Simply shop and redeem the coupon included on the box.
Zarbees vitamin drinks come in 6 different varieties, each with different health benefits:
- Antioxidant Support with Honey – high potency antioxidant formula.
- Calming Blend – helps to promote calmness and supports the nervous system
- Immune Support – helps support a healthy immune system.
- Invigorating Blend – helps support temporary alertness.
- Multivitamin with Antioxidant – provides daily vitamin intake and helps maintain healthy cells.
- Multivitamin with Prebiotic – provides daily vitamin intake with digestive support.
Stop Hitting the Snooze Button
If you think hitting the snooze button repeatedly is helping you get more rest in the morning, think again. Hitting the snooze button actually makes you more tired. And there is plenty of scientific evidence to back this up. Instead, set your alarm to wake you up at a time when hitting snooze is not an option and you absolutely have to get up. For example, if you have to be to work at 8:30am, and it takes you an hour to get ready and 30 minutes to commute, wake up at 7am. Don’t set your alarm for 6:30am and then hit snooze for a half hour. All you’re doing is depriving yourself of an extra 30 minutes of quality to sleep and effectively making yourself more tired. 30 minutes of quality sleep is better than three interrupted 10 minute snoozes.
Don’t Overeat at Lunch
Have you ever noticed how you can feel more exhausted after a heavy meal? Yes, that’s your metabolism going into overdrive, also known as a “food coma.” Keep your lunches healthy and light, and eat nutritious snacks throughout the day to keep your blood sugar balanced. Snacks like nuts, fruit, and yogurt will help keep your energy up without the heavy metabolic crash.
Whether you like EDM or dance music or not, one thing is undeniable; it’s energetic! One of the best ways to instantly wake your brain up is to put on high-energy music. We know you may love Coldplay and slow love songs, but we can assure you it’s doing nothing for your energy levels.
It’s not junk science, folks. Meditation is a scientifically proven way to reset your mind, ease anxiety, increase creativity, and refocus. One of the most recent studies conducted by Harvard Medical School showed that 30 minutes of meditation a day for eight weeks not only had positive cognitive benefits, but it actually had significant impact on the actual density of the gray matter in the regions of the brain responsible for stress, empathy, and memory. Yes, meditation physically changes the gray matter of your brain, and it could make a huge difference in your ability to focus and stay motivated.
We know you’re probably tired of hearing it, but as they say, “a body in motion stays in motion.” There’s not much you can do to make up for an inactive lifestyle. By exercising and staying fit, you set your body and mind up for optimal production. Exercise helps you stay strong and energetic, making mid-day slumps less likely.
Thank you, Zarbees Naturals for making this post possible! Zarbees vitamin drinks are available exclusively at Target as part of the Made to Matter program and you can save $4.00 on each box now through September 2015. You can find them in the cough aisle (though they do not contain any drugs or medicine). You can learn more about Zarbees and their amazing line of natural products at www.zarbees.com.
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I definitely get that afternoon energy crash sometimes! I am enjoying adding the Zarbees into my routine
That happens to me every single day really early in the afternoon because I wake up at 4am. The Invigorating Blend totally helps me!
Great tips — the afternoon is the busiest time of day for me, so I need all the help I can get! Love Zarbees!
Music always brings me back to life! I can’t help but smile and dance to a great song. Zarbees is a great option, too!
Getting up for a walk and a refreshing drink definitely helps!
I absolutely love Zarbee’s and I love that my husband does too. So natural, great for us, and DELICIOUS! Mixed berry with honey and the honey apple cranberry antioxidant/multivitamin drink mixes are my favorites!!! I can definitely tell the difference in how I feel all day when I have had some Zarbee’s. Music is also one of my favorite ways to get be going again! Enjoy and stay well!
It may be all in my head, but I think the B vitamins in my Zarbees mix really does help me feel a little more energized. Taking a walk break is really helpful, too!
This is a great vitamin and as an energy booster
Great tips, especially taking some time to explore your surroundings. I occasionally walk away from my desk to rest my eyes and stretch me legs.
Afternoon power naps get me through the rest of the day. At least 20 mins a day, seriously, I am all about that. As a runner, I am constantly hydrating all day long and adding the Zarbee’s to my water is awesome.