1. Drink lots of water.
Drinking cold water helps to activate your system and combat dehydration, which can make you drowsy. Filling your cup or water bottle is also a great excuse to take a quick walk (See #2).
2. Take a walk.
Even a walk to the bathroom or to the kitchen can help get your blood pumping and your mind refocused; if you’ve got the time step outside for a 10-minute walk around the block.
3. Crunch on something.
Eating a healthy snack that works your jaw muscles is like a mini workout for your face and helps wake you up. Try some crunchy classics like carrots, granola or almonds!
4. Get a desk plant.
Step one, make sure it is a real live plant and not made-out of plastic. Step two, get back to work and enjoy the benefits to your office, including improved air quality, and a more calm and positive mood that will help you be more productive.
Seriously, laughter is scientifically proven to boost energy and morale. Take a break for 5 minutes to share a funny anecdote with a coworker or watch a baby animal video.
6. Use Essential Oils.
Oils like Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary, and Basil can help you destress and concentrate on the task at hand. There are a variety of reasonably priced oil diffusers that won’t take up much space on your desk or in your office.
7. Health is wealth.
Avoid foods with high-glycemic loads; especially carbs and sugar; these are some primary causes of afternoon drowsiness.
8. Rock out!
Music energizes us when we work out, it can have the same effect when we are at work. Listening to your favorite song has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels and encourage your brain to release dopamine, the natural chemical that makes us feel excitement and joy.
9. Organize your desk.
This gives your eyes a quick break from staring at your computer screen, and having a cleaner workspace allows you to focus more clearly.
Take a moment to practice mindful listening or to focus on breathing deeply, this can help you release stress and focus on the present moment. Even one minute of meditation can make a big difference!
11. Make a to-do list.. and do it!
Organizing and prioritizing the tasks on your plate will reduce your anxiety and focus your attention on your goals. Crossing items off of your list, no matter how simple they may seem, boosts your self-esteem.