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Beating The Afternoon Slump

Cosmo’s tips to get you through the rest of the day.

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It’s 3.00PM and you’re slumped down in your chair at your desk. You can feel your eyes closing and you fight to keep them open. We’ve all been there, especially around the holidays, when just about everyone has taken off to enjoy the festivities. Work has slowed to a lull and the hours drag on, especially after lunch. So what can you do to beat the blues and not clock-watch?

Plan Your Day

Set some time aside each morning to schedule your appointments (both business and personal) and slot in things to do after you clock out, like happy hour with your colleagues or a dinner date.  Not only will it make you more productive, but you’ll also have exciting plans to look forward to after you wrap up in the evening.

Stretch And/Or Take A Walk

You’ve probably been cooped up at your desk for the better part of the day, so take a minute to stand up and stretch. While you’re at it, why don’t you take a quick walk around the office, or better yet, step outside for a 10 minute stroll. Bonus points: you get a bit of exercise, while fighting the urge to doze at your seat.

Take A Lap Around The Department

Stop by your coworker’s cubicle for a lively catch up session. You’ll be brightening up both your days with a little conversation and maybe some laughter.

Clean Your Table And Inbox

Both tasks require very little concentration so getting through them will be pretty easy. On the plus side, once you’ve finished your cleaning, you’ll feel like you visibly accomplished something. What’s more, you’d have beaten the mid-afternoon energy drain.

Keep Some Peppermint Oil Handy

Peppermint oil is known to have energy-enhancing properties that will keep you alert and awake. So add a drop onto the palms of your hands and rub them briskly together. Then rub them over your face (avoiding your eyes) and inhale deeply.

Have A Dance Party, For One

The best way to get your blood pounding and heart racing is to jam out to some fast paced music. So close the door to your room, plug in your head phones and rock out. If you don’t have your own space, try a conference room or the bathroom. In 5 minutes you’ll have a small surge of adrenaline pass through you!

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