Say it’s Friday, you’ve had a long week, and you keep nodding off at your desk. Coffee’s just not getting the job done on its own, and you really don’t feel like dumping vials of miniature energy drinks into your system just to get through a few hours of work. The good news is that you don’t need to: Here are a few simple tricks to wake yourself up naturally, quickly, and without spending more money.

For the coffee addicts:When you feel like your coffee isn’t giving you the jolt you need, try reducing the amount of milk and sugar that you put in it. When every sip is more bitter than what you’re used to, you might just feel more awake in drinking it.

Grab a few minutes of direct sunlight:¬†It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a corner office that gets sun all day, light passing through windows just isn’t the same as the real deal. Step outside and let your skin grab some untouched sunlight, soak up some Vitamin D, breathe some fresh air and let your ears feel the openness of an unmuffled, non-office world.

Splash cold water on your face: This one’s an oldie but a goodie and by far my FAVOURITE and it actually¬†does work. Just don’t go overboard and come out of the office bathroom looking like you fell in. To really make this trick work to the fullest, step outside and feel the fresh air hit your face.

Stretch your back/neck/legs: Don’t just sit up straight and yawn, but get out of your chair and stretch like you’re about to go running. Touch your toes! The point is to really stretch so that the blood gets flowing again throughout your entire body.

Bite a lemon! Whether you like the sour fruit or not, you can’t deny the zesty slap to the face that it can provide in a time of need.

 

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