I have a very high maintenance 18 month old, so the afternoon blues hit me hard. I’ve already put a good 9 hours of thankless work in and am ready for my hubby to come home and take over so I can take a nap and call it a day. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. I struggle with this daily, so I’ve started to pay close attention to certain activities or habits that make the dreaded afternoon blues more tolerable.
Go Outside (if the weather permits)
Depending on where you live, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. However, if it is tolerable to be outside, this is a great way to release some much needed endorphins and give you energy. Going outside is good for your mental health and can help relieve stress. It’s also an easy way get your little one in a better mood, since they also can suffer from the afternoon blues.
Avoid the afternoon blues by Eating a light Lunch
Eating a high carbohydrate, heavy lunch like pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, chips, cookies, fried foods, and soda will put you straight into a food coma, leaving you tired and lethargic. Eating a low carbohydrate, light lunch like a salad, smoothie, grilled chicken or fish, or only half of the sandwich can make you feel lighter and more full of energy.
take an afternoon blues Walk
A body in motion tends to stay in motion, while a body at rest tends to stay at rest.
If you get moving you’re more likely to want to keep moving. Walking also releases endorphins, which interact with receptors in the brain that improve mood, naturally giving you an energy boost.
Make a power Smoothie
Power smoothies are packed with the vitamins and minerals your body needs and may be lacking. I recently started making afternoon smoothies for me and my little one. I use spinach, frozen fruit, bananas, and whatever juice I have in the fridge that day. I also throw in a scoop of collagen-based protein powder for an extra boost.
Make a Cup of Joe
A cup of coffee isn’t going to give you the vitamins and minerals you need but it certainly works as a quick fix to give you the energy you need to keep going and get over the afternoon blues.
Drink a Big Glass of Water
Sometimes I’m so busy that I forget to drink enough water. All of a sudden I’ll feel foggy, grumpy, and tired.
Then I remember, “Oh I need water!” So I’ll drink a HUGE glass of water and instantly feel better and have more energy.
So why exactly does water give you energy?
Dehydration leads to fatigue because it impacts the flow of oxygen to the brain and causes your heart to work harder to pump oxygen to all your organs, making you more tired and less alert. So drink up Mommas!
Clean or Organize Something
If you have busy little ones running around, this one could be a challenging. But if you can sneak it in while they’re playing close by, cleaning or organizing is a great way to feel better and feel accomplished.
Small chores like organizing the kitchen junk drawer, cleaning the kitchen cabinets, cleaning fingerprints off the sliding glass door, or sweeping always gives me motivation to continue staying active.
Let’s face it, the afternoon blues suck, but you aren’t alone. And hopefully with these simple tips, your afternoons will get better! Thanks for reading!