Are you suffering from the 3 p.m. slump…but you still have two client meetings, a presentation to give and a proposal to write before you can call it a day? No worries—recharge your batteries with one of these quick strategies.
1. Head outside.
Leaving the office when you’re swamped could sound counterproductive, but even quick exposure to fresh air and natural light can revitalize you. Head outside for a brisk walk. If you must multitask, put on your headset and return phone calls, or grab a colleague and hash out work issues while you’re walking.
Meditation isn’t just for the Dalai Lama. A growing number of business owners say regular meditation helps them handle stress, be more present with clients and employees, and react more calmly and thoughtfully to the challenges of the workplace. You can get started with some simple free guided meditations, many of which can be done in five minutes or less.
3. Grab a healthy snack.
When we feel sluggish, we often turn to coffee, candy or other stimulants that provide quick pep, but then cause us to crash. Instead of caving in to the leftover conference-room donuts, energize wisely with healthy foods and beverages. Green tea or plain old ice water provide hydration without undue caffeination; protein-rich snacks like roasted almonds, string cheese, or apple slices topped with peanut or almond butter give you brain power. Check out these ideas for healthy office snacks.
4. Move it.
You don’t have to head to the gym for a full workout and shower to up your energy level. Try doing stretches at your desk (download the free Stretchclock app to your laptop or desktop computer, and get regular reminders to stand up and stretch every 60 minutes). If you can spare 10 minutes to shut your office door, a burst of activity such as calisthenics, jumping jacks, sit-ups or push-ups can help, too.