12 ways to recharge when you hit that midday slump

12 ways to recharge when you hit that midday slump

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People usually feel like they’ve hit the wall at around 2 PM during the work day, when the simplest of tasks seems impossible to get done. And since most of us can’t actually quit and go home for the day, here are 12 things that you can do to take a step back and recharge your batteries for the rest of the day:

  1. Phone a friend or family member: take a break and call some of your loved ones more often. Sometimes, there’s nothing like catching up with an old friend to bring you back down to earth.
  2. Get up and move a bit: we usually tend to spend a lot of time either sitting or in the exact same position at work. The lack of movement of your body causes your mind to become sluggish as well. Do some push-ups, jumping jacks, or any type of exercise, and don’t forget to stretch.
  3. Read an article: reading allows you to escape from work and go back to it with a fresh view. Go to your favorite website, find an article that sounds interesting, and get lost in it for a while.
  4. Listen to music: there’s nothing like the beat of an awesome song to increase your mood and energy levels. If you’re alone, you can even bust a move to your favorite tune. But as long as you are surrounded by co-workers, use your headphones in order not to distract them.
  5. Do a crossword or a puzzle: this gets the wheels in your head turning. If you’re not really into word games, try Sudoku, logic puzzles, word searches, and other brain teasers.
  6. Cross items off your other to-do list: I mean that list of non-work items that keeps building. You can be productive in other areas of your life, such as scheduling a doctor appointment, dealing with your bank, or picking up deodorant.
  7. Get organized: a cluttered workspace can make your mind feel a little chaotic, because your brain tends to focus on other objects in your line of sight rather than on what you have to do. Remove all unnecessary items from your desk, you will be surprised at how much clearer your mind will be.
  8. Treat yourself: sometimes, having a reward in the middle of the day can help make the rest of the day more manageable. Keep things such as your favorite tea or small bags of popcorn at your desk and treat yourself midday.
  9. Chat with a co-worker: some time to chat about their day, interests, and activities they did recently, can be a great way to take a break. Break away from your screen and talk to a human instead. About something other than work, mind you!
  10. Check off your daily workout: pop outside for a run, try out a group fitness class near your office, or even find a vacant space and take advantage of a free exercise video from the internet. Working out improves your cognitive performance, making you more prepared to face the rest of the day.
  11. Write someone a letter: when was the last time you did that? This takes your eyes away from your computer, and it can also make you feel really good, as sharing your thoughts with another person can be a morale booster. As an alternative, you can also write in a journal.
  12. Revisit your goals for the day: this is a good time to remember what your priorities are for the day. Take a moment and write down the top two or three small goals for the remainder of the day and focus on achieving those.