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How to “Efficiently” Take a Break at the Office

By mid afternoon, many office workers find themselves in a mental and physical slump. Whether it’s from lack of sleep, stress, or poor nutrition, the feeling of lethargy can put a serious damper on productivity and output.  If you find yourself feeling this way every day at work, the best solution is to take a break. However, how you take a break can greatly affect how refreshed you feel afterwards. Today we’ll be discussing the best ways to take a break when you’re at the office.

1. Exercise in Your Cubicle: Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, increase endorphins, and improve energy levels. If you find yourself nodding off at your desk, take a few minutes to do some exercises like squats, stretches, or pushups right in your cubicle. You can even use your office chair and desk as leverage for these activities. If you find yourself needing more privacy, go for a walk outside by yourself or with some coworkers.

2. Take a Nap: Depending on the environment you work in, sometimes the best thing to do is to take a quick 10-15 power nap. If your company allows it, take a nap at your desk or in the break room. Try to avoid going beyond the 10-15 minute time span, as sleeping for any longer may make you groggy and even more tired.

3. Eat a Healthy Snack: When you’re tired, your blood sugar levels may be low. Fueling your body with the right kind of nutrition may make all the difference in how you feel for the rest of the day. Eat a healthy snack that contains the right sugar, protein, and fat content to give you the jump start you need. Examples of this include: apples, vegetables, nuts, cheese, meat, and berries.

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