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Does The Afternoon Slump Get The Best Of You?

Posted: 10th May 2018

If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now.

Sometimes we get into such a slump that even thinking about making positive changes seems too difficult. But it’s not hopeless; with some small steps, baby ones in fact, you can get started down the road to positive change.

Yes, I know, it seems impossible at times. You don’t feel like doing anything. I’ve been there, and in fact I still feel that way from time to time. You’re not alone. But I’ve learned a few ways to break out of a slump, and we’ll take a look at those today.

Whenever I’ve been in a slump, I’ve discovered that it’s often because I have too much going on in my life. I’m trying to do too much. And it saps my energy and motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake that people make: they try to take on too much, try to accomplish too many goals at once. If you are trying to do two or more goals at once; it’s not possible — I’ve tried it many times. You have to choose one goal, for now, and focus on it completely. I know, that’s hard. Still, I speak from experience. You can always do your other goals when you’ve accomplished your goal. Sit back and prioritise.

If you’re someone like me, it’s continuous snacking from 2 p.m. onwards. I eat the sugar and carbs for a quick pick-me-up which is then followed shortly by a crash that leaves you tired and hungry. To stay energised and feeling full for longer, build your lunch around high-quality protein combined with fiber, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Include some healthy, unsaturated fat. Drowsiness is a bigger problem after a heavy meal than a light one.

Stand up and move around for a few minutes, walk down the hall, up and down the stairs, or around the block. Doing something physically active is a great way to revive flagging energy and engagement. You could also simply pop outside to enjoy the sunshine on your break. The change of scenery, especially if it offers a glimpse of nature, may give your brain the extra boost it needs to power through the rest of your day.

Whatever you do, don’t give up. Even if you aren’t feeling any motivation today, or this week, don’t give up. Again, that motivation will come back. Think of your goal as a long journey, and your slump is just a little bump in the road. You can’t give up with every little bump. Remember; slumps are like a soft bed. They're easy to get into and hard to get out of.