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How to Instantly Boost Your Energy Level (Without Coffee or Chocolate)

Look at Something Red

Keep something bright red—like artwork or a bouquet of flowers—by your desk and look at it when you’re feeling drowsy. Studies show that looking at the color red can help you stay focused on detail-oriented tasks.

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Chew Gum

When you start to feel your energy drop, pop a stick of sugar-free mint gum in your mouth—it’s a proven way to combat daytime sleepiness.

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Take a Power Nap

If you can sneak away for 15 minutes, lying down for a quick nap will help you recharge. Just make sure you’re not snoozing for longer than 30 minutes, or you might wake up feeling groggy.

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Get Moving

Stretching (even if you’re just standing next to your desk) can give you a quick burst of energy. A few yoga moves might even combat depression and anxiety.

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Sit Up Straight

If your energy drops throughout the day, it might be your posture. In a study conducted by San Francisco State University, students who slouched noticed a larger decrease in energy throughout the day than students who stood up straight.

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Go Outside

Been staring at the computer screen for the last eight hours? No wonder you’re exhausted. Escape the fluorescent lights for a few minutes—changing your environment will help you feel more alert.

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Watch a Funny YouTube Video

Fact: No one’s ever fallen asleep watching Amy Schumer do stand-up. That’s because studies suggest that laughing can help you stay awake. We order you to take a YouTube break immediately.

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Turn Down the Heat

When you’re feeling exhausted, turn the thermostat down a few degrees. You won’t be as cozy, but it might keep you from falling asleep at your desk.

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Turn Up the Lights

Eyelids drooping? Turn on every light in your office and open the windows. Exposure to bright light will combat those sleepy feelings.

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Eat Almonds

Nuts contain magnesium, which will help your body break down glucose into energy. Stick with raw, unsalted almonds for a healthy midday snack.

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Dance Like Beyoncé

Sure, you could do jumping jacks, push-ups or any kind of aerobic activity for a quick burst of energy, but we highly recommend blasting “Crazy in Love,” jumping on your desk and busting a move. You’ll wake up your co-workers, too.

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This article originally appeared on PureWow.

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