I don't know what it is about afternoons, but don't they seem to take twice as long as mornings?  Same job, same office, but your focus certainly isn't the same.

We've all seen the commercials for the various items that are supposed to provide you with that little 'kick' to keep you sharp in the afternoon.  But there are some options that aren't found in a bottle, and actually might be food for you.

The Stir offers up these eight to re-energize your afternoons:

1) Run Up the Stairs. Or around the block, or in place. You'll give your brain a jolt and your blood will start pumping.
2) Have a Snack. Instead of chowing down on a big lunch, snack throughout the day to keep your energy levels steady. Some suggestions for healthy snacks that won't give you a sugar crash include: almonds, snap peas, and grapes.

 

3) Hit the Water Cooler. Sometimes when you're feeling sleepy, you're actually dehydrated. Water is the best way to keep your body feeling great and awake when it really needs a drink.

 

4) Skip the Booze. Just don't reach for the booze if you're feeling tired and thirsty. And if you feel rundown on a regular basis, avoid alcohol as much as possible to sleep better and stay energized.

 

5) Meditate. No, not a nap. Just a time out to clear your head. Whether it's five minutes or half an hour, your brain will be recharged and you'll feel refreshed.

 

6) Get Outside. Oxygen is a natural stimulant and you will get drowsy if you're just sitting slouched over your desk, shallow breathing. Take a walk outside and breathe deep for an instant pick-me-up.

 

7) Make a List. Feeling overwhelmed with work and

responsibilities is a quick road to exhaustion. The next time your afternoon demands a nap, make a to-do list instead. Seeing everything you have to do in black and white can help you feel more in control and give you the boost to get back to it -- without the zzzzzzs.

 

8) Reach Out and Touch Someone. Connecting with others through a stimulating conversation is a fast way to re-focus and wake up. Avoid simply texting or instant messaging, however, and have a face-to-face or voice-to-voice instead.