5 Habits to Help You Avoid a Mid-Afternoon Energy Crash
You have a few things that you want to do by the end of the day, but do you ever find yourself too exhausted to lift a finger? Not to mention, the effects of the pandemic are also climbing onto your shoulders and weighing you down like a bag of bricks.
We’ve gathered some neat ideas that can help you maintain more energy throughout the day, but it’s helpful to preface these tips by stating that these moments—of social distancing and stay-at-home orders—do not have to be the most productive times of your life. It’s important to remember that all previous responsibilities are still present (finding work, attending school, raising the kids, etc.), and the pandemic is only amplifying the stress. We hope these tips give you the energy and inspiration to find time throughout your day to do something that makes you happy. Take a minute, make a cup of tea, and think about what you need (you’re doing great, boo).
1. Practice Stretching
Spending time following some simple stretching exercises can improve mental clarity throughout the day (and decrease the risk of injuries). Before you start stretching, make sure you warm up with a light exercise for five to 10 minutes (so you don’t strain your muscles). You can ride a bicycle, go for a short walk, or practice yoga. Looking for something to listen to on your bike ride or walk? Check out our podcast!
2. Organize Your Space
Study after study reveals a cluttered space can result in a cluttered mind: so decluttering your environment can reduce stress, and save time in the future. You’ll be able to spend your energy doing more important things instead of looking for those crucial documents buried under a stack of books (that happens to you too, right?).
▴ An organized space can eliminate distractions & save you time
3. Stay Hydrated
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but that’s because it truly is important. If you’re feeling thirsty, chances are you’re already dehydrated. Remind yourself to drink some water throughout the day, even if you’re not feeling thirsty (the Mayo Clinic recommends drinking around eight glasses of water a day). There are some pretty cool reusable water bottles that have hours on the side, so you don’t forget to hydrate. You can also stay hydrated by having some water-dense fruits like watermelon, strawberries, and grapes. We recommend making a fruit salad with a sprinkle of freshly chopped mint and lemon juice!
4. Make it an Impactful Day
Doing good makes you feel good. To motivate you to get through the day, consider taking a break from your regular routine (make a cup of your favorite beverage) and sit down to sign meaningful petitions or check in on your loved ones. Knowing you’re not alone may give you some much-needed motivation.
▴ E-mail or tweet local politicians demanding for change
5. Eat a Healthy Snack
Reaching for that extra cup of coffee can be tempting, but grabbing a nutritious snack that’ll provide you with a steady flow of energy throughout the day is even better. It may be a shameless plug—but our superfood bars really do make a difference. We’ve thoughtfully included nutrient-dense ingredients that provide you with a quick source of energy (among other health benefits). Not to mention we’re also very eco-friendly; our bars are 100% plant-based, and 250% carbon reclaimed. Supporting sustainable brands is another way you can make today an impactful day, so… what are you waiting for?
Article by Impact Snacks Contributor, Ava Tajally