How to Re-Energize During a Mid-Afternoon Slump (Without Chugging Coffee)

Kelsey Clark

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to our Take 5 column, where we invite you to take a hump-day break with the week’s most revitalizing lifestyle stories. Ready for a breather?

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Isabella Behravan for Byrdie; Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Take 1: If your midafternoon coffee isn't cutting it

Sub out caffeine for these eight brain-boosting adaptogens, as recommended by Mindbodygreen. From ashwagandha to shatavari, these all-natural substances are taking the wellness world by storm.

Take 2: If you're getting married in 2017 (congrats!)

Hold the phone: An average wedding this year will cost $35,329, according to The Knot's Real Wedding Study. If you're trying to cut costs, consider tying the knot in Arkansas or Utah, where average costs dip below $20,000.

Take 3: If one of your 2017 resolutions is to read more

You're in luck: Kim Kardashian West, Jen Atkin, and Chrissy Teigen started a book club via Twitter. First up is Kim's pick, Embraced by the Light, which is a spiritual read about the author's near-death experience.

Take 4: If you can't wait for "Girls" season 6 this Sunday

Pregame the premiere by watching Vogue's latest 73 Questions segment, featuring Lena Dunham. She dishes on everything from what she would say to Donald Trump to what a Girls reunion could look like in 10 years.

Take 5: If you're looking for a new adventure this year

Consider moving to the happiest state in America: Hawaii. The Aloha state has snagged the number one spot on Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index state rankings for the seventh year in a row, followed by Alaska and South Dakota.

Your afternoon pick-me-up:

Who says chocolate can't be healthy? Brooklyn-based Freaky Health Chocolate bars are made with adaptogenic herbs like maca, reishi, and goji berries, with zero added sugar.

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