Susan Adams Forbes Staff
- Take a walk around the block.
Fresh air combined with a change of scene can reset blocked thought processes.
- Take a nap.
Some offices offer this as a perk. Closing your eyes for a 15-minute catnap can be hugely refreshing.
- Chat with a colleague.
Even if you only make small talk, a diverting conversation can give you a new perspective on the task at hand.
- Run an errand
Like walking around the block, getting out of the office and taking care of business can give your mind a break and the exercise will get your blood flowing.
- Brush your teeth.
The symbolism of removing decay and plaque can be especially potent when you are feeling sluggish.
- Spend ten minutes checking Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites.
This is not as good for you as leaving your desk, but the mental distraction can offer a helpful break. Monitor your time however and don’t let yourself get sucked in for more than five minutes.
- Go to the gym
If your company has an exercise facility, take advantage.
- Go out to lunch
Judging from the habits of my colleagues, lunch out of the office is a dying American habit. But a healthy meal and good conversation can be nourishing on multiple levels.
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