The 3pm slump is a common problem during the workday when energy levels and productivity decline. Researchers have looked into this and have come up with three science-backed ways to combat this slump....and all without relying on caffeine.
Eat a low-carb breakfast and lunch: Consuming a healthy breakfast and lunch is important to maintain energy levels. Foods high in carbohydrates but low in protein can cause a spike in blood sugar, leading to a significant decrease in energy. It's also essential to stay hydrated and choose energy-boosting snacks like raw nuts, yogurt, or vegetables instead of sugary options.
Take a walk: Short bouts of physical activity, such as a 15-minute walk, have been found to be more effective in boosting energy levels than caffeine consumption. If you feel drowsy, get up from your desk and take a quick walk around the office or interact with colleagues to invigorate yourself.
Listen to music: Music has been shown to enhance concentration levels. Selecting instrumental tracks without lyrics can help clear your mind and combat cognitive lulls. Different individuals may have their music preferences, but a laid-back beat is generally recommended
Give the above a shot for a week or two and see if you feel a difference. A friend shared with me this Spotify playlist which helps me manage the afternoons. Good luck!