4 Ways to Deal with the Midday Slump

If you’re anything like me, you often have a really productive morning only to get about halfway through the day and feel completely wiped out. This tends to be pretty inconvenient because even if I’ve gotten a lot of my work done during the morning, there are always tasks on my to-do list that need to get checked off.

There are a few helpful habits, though, that I have found will often help me get reenergized and refreshed so that I can get through the rest of the day while staying productive.

Get up and stretch your legs. A lot of times, all you need is to walk around the office or do a couple quick stretching exercises. If you share your office with someone else, step out for a moment and grab yourself a snack from the break room. Otherwise, shut the door and take a moment to stretch and refocus.

If possible, go outside. Get some fresh air and sunlight. Staying inside can start to feel pretty stuffy after a while. Sometimes all you need is to step outside and take a few deep breaths. Allow yourself to soak in some sun, and then step back inside feeling reenergized and motivated.

Drink a big glass of water. Sometimes we forget how important water can be. If you haven’t had a glass of water in the best couple hours, this might be affecting your energy. If you always have a hard time remembering, bring a big water bottle to work with you and/or set an alarm that goes off once an hour reminding you to hydrate.

Mix up what you’re doing. This might not always be something you can do, but if you’re working on a project that can be set aside for an hour or two, switch tasks for a while. It might help to work on something new if you’re feeling stuck or burned out from your current project. Then perhaps when you go back to it toward the end of the day you’ll feel refreshed enough to enjoy it again.


  1. I’m guilty of not getting out of the house enough… my apartment is pretty dark (old Mediterranean house with meter-thick stone walls) and not getting enough daylight is a big factor in me feeling drowsy. And it exacerbates my SAD as well.

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