It can be difficult to find time during the workday to focus on yourself. That's why we partnered with
Dove to find smart and easy ways to stimulate your afternoon and your mind.
Regardless of your profession, we've all been guilty of feeling sluggish at work, which is why it's important to learn how to refresh mentally and charge ahead. So whether you have five free minutes between meetings or a full lunch hour to yourself, we've identified quick and inexpensive ways to revitalize your day.
Relocate Your Meeting Outdoors
recent study found that lunchtime walks improved enthusiasm and relaxation at work. If your calendar is blocked with back-to-back meetings, try moving a one-on-one outside and chat while walking. That small dose of vitamin D will serve as a good mood-booster.
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Stretch at Your Desk
Many people spend the entire day hunched forward with round shoulders and tight backs, but a few minutes of stretching can help undo all of that bad posture. Find a spot where you can lie down and stretch out hip flexors, or at the very least, devote a few minutes to doing
seated neck and back stretches. You might even inspire co-workers to join you.
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Massage Your Earlobes
It might sound silly, but
rubbing your earlobes for a full minute has been known to improve blood circulation. Spend 60 seconds on each ear, and you'll feel an instant recharge.
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Snack on High-Protein Food
While caffeine-packed drinks and chocolate may seem like the answer to afternoon brain drain, they're loaded with sugar and will actually leave you more tired than ever.
Healthy foods like cheese, yogurt, and nuts are packed with power-boosting protein and will give you just enough energy without the sugar crash.
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Squeeze In a Lunchtime Workout
If you're able to take a lunch, zip into the restroom to change for a workout, and then get outside for a quick jog, speed walk, or stair-climbing session. Post-workout, if you don't have a shower at your office, stock up on products to freshen up, like
dry shampoo, facial cleansing wipes, or a witch hazel spray.
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Leave Peppermint on Your Desk
Studies suggest that the menthol
scent in peppermint can instantly transform your mood and even your ability to concentrate. Grab a fresh handful weekly, and place it in a mason jar on your desk.
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