4. Brush Your Teeth
Not sure if this is a mental thing or not, but I found that every time I brush my teeth, I always feel super energized and refreshed. But I am sure we agree that the the invigorating rush of mint can help make you feel more alert. In addition to that , scraping your tongue, for an added boost. Read more about tongue scraping here.
If you don’t have your toothbrush handy, try popping a piece of cinnamon or mint gum for a quick boost over the fatigue slump.
5. Learn Something New
According to a recent University of Michigan study, “The more actively you can engage your brain, the more alerting an activity is going to be,” says John Caldwell, PhD, a fatigue management specialist and former NASA researcher. “You can actually overcome a good bit of sleep pressure just by engaging in something interesting.” So brush up on your Excel skills, for example, or listen to a short work-related podcast
6. Blast Your Favorite Song and Sing To It
Music is energizing—especially if you sing along. Researchers in London found that singing solo increases energetic arousal and decreases tension nearly as much as a cardio workout. “You disconnect from the big U-Haul of worries that people carry around with them,” explains Dr. Teitelbaum. “You’re just being free for a while.” Choose a tune that really engages you—the one that makes you want to sing at the top of your lungs. Dr. Caldwell’s research also shows that standing up can provide an instant surge of energy.
7. Put Your Senses To work.
If you’re stuck at work after a rough night, chances are you’ll be staring at a hypnotizing screen or look-alike paperwork and finding it hard to stay awake. WikiHow suggests a multi-sensory assault on your tired self. Try scenting yourself awake with some essential oils of (or just strong scent of) peppermint or rosemary, or target the alertness-sparking stress points like your earlobes and the skin between your thumb and forefinger. Keep yourself a little chilly, and try to move around a bit—it’s your best shot at not having the boss notice you haven’t said a word since 9AM
It’s not surprising you feel tired when you’re stuck inside a cold office with fluorescent lighting. Sneak outside to soak up some sunshine for 15 to 20 minutes.
“Sunlight energizes and elevates mood,” says Dr. Lorraine Maita, a board certified internist and author of Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier in Short Hills, New Jersey.