Do you have afternoon crash? I certainly do! My energy starts to deplete between two and four in the afternoon. Although I do my best to plan my activities based on my mental and physical capacities, this is not always possible, and I still struggle with fatigue.
I recently read an article by nutritionist, Nancy Clark, RD that’s been helpful to me. She stated that most people tend to get hungry every three to four hours, so if you eat breakfast at eight A.M. and then lunch at noon, your body needs to chow down around 3 PM, or you risk getting a fuzzy, tired feeling.
The tiredness can be even worse for highly sensitive people, since we are more sensitive to fluctuations in our blood sugar levels. As most of you know, it’s essential for HSPs to stay tuned to the signals we get from our body.
The nutritionist tells us not to reach for a bag of pretzels. For a sustained release of energy that lasts until dinnertime, make your mid afternoon snack a mini meal that contains a balance of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates.
Aim for approximately 300 hundred calories–enough to keep you satisfied but not stuffed. Try a peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole-wheat bread with a glass of low-fat milk, a granola bar, yogurt, or some apple slices. You’ll stave off fatigue and you’ll be far less likely to binge on junk food.
Do you get tired in the afternoon? Do you pay attention to the times of day when you have to most energy and plan accordingly? What do you do to combat fatigue? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.