How to Avoid the Mid-Day Slump

How to Avoid the Mid Day SlumpBetween working a full time job, teaching Pure Barre, moving, and being pregnant I’ve definitely felt more tired lately in the afternoon. Whether you’re pregnant or not, I’m betting you are also familiar with the mid-day slump…you know the one where you want to reach for that Coke or sugary snack to get you through the day. Here’s some of my go-to tips to help me get through the afternoon!

How to Avoid the Mid-Day Slump:

1. Get up and move! I always take advantage of the 15 minute breaks we get at work or the 30 minute lunch. Whether it means I walk around the building on my phone for a few minutes, walk the parking lot, or just get out to drive for a bit with the windows down, a change of scenery is always nice to reenergize your mind and body. Not to mention, your eyes and neck need a break from staring at the computer screen! Set an alarm if you need to on your phone to remind you to get up and walk around every hour. I don’t have to currently because my pregnancy bladder keeps me up and down way more often than that!

2. Stretch it out! Even if you have to stretch at your desk or in the bathroom, gently rolling your ankles, wrists, neck and body out can provide a mini burst of energy and ease tension. Stand up and reach up tall to the ceiling and extend your fingers up tall and lean back. Bend down and touch your toes, no need to overcomplicate things. Simple stretches get the blood pumping!

Plenti Yogurt3. Get your snack on! I love having a simple and healthy snack in the mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon to help me perk up. I’ve recently added Yoplait’s Plenti yogurt to my snack rotation. The yogurt has whole grain oats, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds, plus spiced apples or other delicious flavors like coconut or blueberry. With 12 grams of protein! And protein will help you feel fuller for longer and power your after-work workout. You can check out Plenti on Instagram HERE. Make sure you check out Yoplait’s new Plenti yogurt and let me know what flavor you would want to try AND how you avoid the mid-day slump?


Thanks to Jett Walker Photography for the top photo!

Heather Brown helps busy mamas of young littles who are caught in the hustle to find encouragement in their journey to true health, from the inside out, starting with the heart. Read her journey of learning to live a life well-loved HERE!


  1. August 11, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Never heard of this, but I can’t wait to check my store for it! I’m a blueberry yogurt fan!

  2. August 12, 2015 / 10:09 am

    I will definitely check my local Publix for this yogurt! It sounds like it includes items I like to add to my yogurt now, so this would be handy! I, too, like to talk walking or stretching breaks to wake myself up at work.

  3. August 13, 2015 / 7:40 am

    such helpful tips we all get the mid-day slump and sometimes it can get difficult to concentrate will defo try your advice out.

  4. August 13, 2015 / 10:37 am

    Great tips for tackling the mid-day slump! I have them most every day 🙂 I have not heard of Plenti before – But I love Yoplait. I need to check it out.

  5. August 13, 2015 / 11:17 am

    I love yogurt and I am so guilty…I go through the mid-day slump everyday and I am not even pregnant. What I love about yogurt is that it is cold and refreshing. I have discovered that warm treats make me feel sluggish and tired and at times are not the healthiest.

  6. August 13, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Publix was talking about their yogurts yesterday at their Publix Chat. Gave some good snack ideas. I hate the midday slump, it usually hits here around 2:30/3 and ugh!

  7. Shelly
    August 13, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    I start feeling sluggish around 3pm. I eat like a horse (cause I’m nursing as well, and that makes my appetite insatiable!), so I don’t think it’s hunger. I could definitely use more exercise though 🙂

  8. August 16, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    Getting up and moving around my building always helps! I do plan to try these yogurts though. They look delish!

  9. August 18, 2015 / 6:37 am

    Good suggestions! I always forget to get up and move. And that yogurt looks like a much healthier option than all of the cookies I usually reach for! 🙂

  10. Claudette
    August 18, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Thanks for these great reminders that will keep me awake at my desk!

  11. Elizabeth O.
    August 18, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    Stretching and moving definitely helps. I normally do this when I feel worn out or sleepy. Snacking is something I do when I didn’t get enough sleep.

  12. August 19, 2015 / 12:03 am

    never tried this product line before.. I love yogurt, high protein yogurt that low in sugar

    August 19, 2015 / 3:24 am

    Nothing beats a nice cold “Double Venti Espresso Frap” non Fat, no cream, 2 splendas! That will kick off my stump anytime of day!=)

  14. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    August 19, 2015 / 3:24 am

    Usually getting up and getting a change of scenery helps wake me up when that 2 pm slump hits. Sometimes a snack helps, too!

  15. August 19, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Such great tips! I always make sure I get up and get moving when I start to hit that slump!

    xo Bree

  16. August 19, 2015 / 8:18 am

    My mid- day slump has turned into a mid- day nap :/ I definitely needed these tips 🙂 Thank you!

  17. Debbie Denny
    August 19, 2015 / 8:49 am

    Great post. I do need to get out of the mid day slump now and then,

  18. August 19, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Getting up and moving around does help me a heck of a lot! That’s super advice. Cold water revives me some too.

  19. August 21, 2015 / 12:25 am

    Oh yeah! Getting up and moving our lazy bum is the first thing we need to do! Your fave snack wouldn’t hurt too! Makes us feel energetic!

  20. August 21, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing! Good luck to you!

  21. August 22, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    These are great tips. I have a bad habit of grabbing a pop when I am falling asleep at my desk. Yes, I know that’s not the answer.

  22. Melissa Angert
    August 23, 2015 / 6:07 am

    Great tips! Early afternoon is my crash time and I always just drink more coffee!

  23. August 23, 2015 / 9:50 am

    The midday slump can be difficult to get past and you can often find it a nightmare trying to concentrate. These tips really do work thank you for sharing.

  24. August 23, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    I hadn’t heard of Yoplait’s Plenti; will have to keep my eyes open for it when I’m at the store. Thanks for sharing your ideas for avoiding the slump. I’m a big fan of leaving the office during lunch to get some fresh air.

  25. August 23, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Such helpful tips…just what I need!

  26. August 24, 2015 / 8:57 am

    Simple and easy, great reminder of ways to help us get through the day. Now what about that mid morning slump? I’m tiredest right before I get all the kids down for their morning nap lol.

  27. August 25, 2015 / 10:05 am

    Good tips! I get that mid day slump all the time.

  28. August 25, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    I am going to have to give these a try!

  29. August 27, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I put my daughter down for her nap and then sit down to work – some days are harder than others!

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