10 ways to refresh and regroup

By the time noon rolls around, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed, getting a bit sluggish or finding it hard to concentrate, you need to do something to refresh, regroup and get yourself back on track. Though it would be great to lay down for an hour nap or take a shower, that's usually not feasible at the office. But don't stress out, you can take mid-day mini-break.


By allowing your body and mind to have a quick break, you can increase your motivation, re-focus your attention, sharpen your concentration and relieve your stress. By following these simple tips, you will be feeling great in no time.

1. Take a brisk walk

On your lunch hour, instead of driving to the restaurant or ordering in, pack a lunch and take a brisk walk to your local park. Eat outdoors where you can get some oxygen and sunlight before returning back to the office. If there's no park nearby, head to the nearest restaurant with an outdoor patio.

2. Get your blood flowing

Simple exercise will get the blood flowing to your extremities and to your brain, helping you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. You don't need to work up a heavy sweat. Just close your office door, pull on your yoga pants and get down on the floor for some stretches.

3. Play a game

Take a short break to play a game. This is particularly helpful if you are in the middle of a tedious project. By refocusing your mind on something else for a brief time, you will improve your concentration. Bring a deck of cards to work or play online games.

4. Drink a glass of water

Even something as simple as a tall glass of cold water will help you feel refreshed. If you don't keep bottled water at your desk, take a short break every few hours and enjoy a cool glass of water. Eight glasses of water each day are essential for your health.

5. Get rid of distractions

If you are constantly checking your personal e-mail, Facebook, cell phone messages and other things throughout the day, it means you are losing your focus. Get rid of the distractions and get back on track by taking a break and checking them all at once. After your break is over, forbid yourself to goof off again for the rest of the day.

6. Eat blueberries

Studies show that blueberries have the highest concentration of antioxidants of any type of fruit, and they are brain food. A diet rich in blueberries can improve memory, motor skills and concentration. Additionally, the nutrients in blueberries help relieve high blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke.

7. Get some comic relief

Life shouldn't always be serious - even at work. Take a short break and enjoy something humorous. Read the comics in the newspaper, visit the TheOnion.com for satirical news, or surf TheHollywoodGossip.com to catch up on the celeb buzz of the week.

8. Meditate

Fifteen minutes of meditation refreshes the mind, body and soul. You can use music or a meditation CD. Turn your lights down low and free your mind. If this isn't feasible in your office, head to a quiet place outdoors where you can tune into you.

9. Get a pedicure

Schedule a weekly appointment for a pedicure. A good pedicure only takes 20 to 30 minutes, so it's easy to get one on your lunch hour. The foot massage and pampering will relieve stress and leave you feeling refreshed.

10. Take a nap

If you are really out of it, a 15 to 20 minute nap will rejuvenate you. Close your office door and put your head down on your desk. Be sure to set a timer so that you don't oversleep. When you wake up, splash some water on your face and get back to work.


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