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Use Aromatherapy as a Quick Pick-Me-Up

Speak Up: What's Your Midafternoon Pick-Me-Up?

No matter how healthy my lunch is there are still days where I hit that dreaded afternoon slump. My eyes begin to glaze over and I start to zone out at my desk. A quick walk outside usually helps, but, depending on my workload, I can't always get away.

Luckily I've found a quick and simple solution in the form of rosemary or peppermint oil. I know that there are doubts surrounding the validity of aromatherapy, but I definitely feel refreshed after taking a small whiff of these oils — I'm more awake, lifted, and ready to work.

If oils are hard for you to find, keep a lemon at your desk for afternoon sniffing. Citrus fragrances, especially lemons, have been shown to lift people's moods.

Have you ever used aromatherapy as a pick-me-up? If not, how do you beat your afternoon slump? Tell me in the comments section below.

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InShapeMommy InShapeMommy 8 years
I eat a bananna in the late afternoon. It also helps boost my energy for my gym workout.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
On Tuesdays and Thursdays I do an hour of yoga at lunch time and then eat a light lunch afterwards. I find that on these days - I never feel an afternoon slump. So maybe I should do yoga everyday at lunch!
a good walk and then when I get back to my office I close the blinds and the door and have a really good stretch session. Then usually a bottle of water or sometimes tea.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
Diet Pepsi or coffee. I know I should take a walk but sometimes gravity is just too strong.
mek123 mek123 8 years
A short walk which is usually not possible so a cup of tea and an apple or other fruit, or on really awful days, a candy bar.
michlny michlny 8 years
Music!! And...sunshine!
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
oop sorry, "Autumns_Eleg"
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
Autums_Eleg took it right out of my mouth. Lots and Lots. lol
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
Coffee. Lots and lots of delicious extremely strong coffee.
Run2bfree067 Run2bfree067 8 years
a brisk walk with the recent addition to the family, a second dog, Mojo. We swore we wouldn't get a puppy but at 11 months and full grown, we did anyways. Something about those rescue dogs gets my heart every time. Either way, he loves his walks and needs work on the leash, so I end up working my legs and arms as I restrain all sixty pounds of him. He makes me laugh, jog a little, and the brisk air of October keeps me alert and satisfied. The only way this won't work is if I'm running on less than 7 hours of solid sleep. NOTHING can cure that!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
A cup of coffee and an apple usually wakes me up pretty quickly.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
black tea and/ or a snack
tylergrl33 tylergrl33 8 years
it's apple season so I have one with some peanut butter for an afternoon snack & a Lipton black tea. If it's herbal tea, it'll just make me think of sleep.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I haven't had this problem much since I cut back on carbs, but when I do I opt for the brisk walk.
komler komler 8 years
cup of tea - usually Kusmi green tea, Lady grey or something else, and some fruit.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
cinnamon gum helps me!
Asche Asche 8 years
Sleep. I sleep.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I hate the afternoon slump. I try and get up and move around. I save the aromatherapy for my evening bubble baths. My last job had rules that no food could be consumed at your desk, you could not wear strong perfumes and scented candles and potpourri were forbidden within your cube. I'm almost certain the aromatherapy oils would have had HR over complaining. I like that idea though - I wonder if I could get away with it at my current company.
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