It seems like every day around 3pm, I hit a wall and crash—no matter how much sleep I got the day before! Is there anything I can do to prevent this? — Casey
That mid-afternoon slump affects nearly everyone I know! I used to drink coffee myself and felt the same way, but have learned how to beat it more holistically. In order to maintain your energy throughout the day, make sure you’re eating well-balanced meals that include a combination of vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fat.
If you still feel a bit sluggish around 3pm, try skipping the caffeine and opt for an alternative pick-me-up, like taking a walk outside, desk-side yoga (trust me, no one will think you’re strange) or a brief meditation. Unlike caffeine, which acts as a temporary stimulant, these energy-boosting alternatives will help to reboot your system and sustain your energy for the rest of the day.