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Want to boost productivity, improve mood, and avoid overeating? It could be as simple as stepping away from the desk. Leaving your workstation will reduce distractions that can contribute to mindless eating, and getting up and out of that seat helps fight that midday fatigue.

That energy boost will help increase productivity for the rest of the day. Plus, it’s easier to enjoy a healthy, tasty lunch when you’re not hunched over a keyboard…

Read on for 27 more scientifically proven ways to boost energy.

The Takeaway: For a more productive and alert afternoon, get up and about when lunchtime rolls around.

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Scents like lavender and lemon have been shown to boost mood and reduce anxiety, (though it’s unclear how effective they are in the long run).


“Hard work spotlights the character of people: Some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” — Sam Ewing