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Got the work blahs? Try these mental boosters

badger clear mind balm As much as I love my job, there are some days I would do anything to change the fact that I'm still sitting in the same chair that I was four hours ago. Anything to relieve the mind-ache I get from reading hundreds of emails. It's times like these I could eat an entire bag of potato chips, just for the sensory boost. Or more chocolate. Or another latte. (It really has nothing to do with being hungry.) A 30-minute jog or quick sunshine break is much more invigorating (see this article on lunchtime workouts), but when work deadlines suck the time away I've got to get creative to fight off the urge to nosh. Here are three things that banish thoughts of potato chips and that help me get that second (or third or fourth) wind.

Badger Organic Clear Mind Balm. Essential oils of lemon, rosemary, grapefruit, cardamom, and extracts of rosehips, calendula, and ginger combine to deliver a soothing but powerful hit to your sense of smell. Rosemary (for rememberance?) is the strongest lingering note. It really does help cut through the mental clutter.

Better Botanicals Ayurvedic Lip Balm with Ginger. As someone who grew up in the 1980s, I've tasted a lot of flavored lip glosses (berry was always my favorite). This one beats them all, because it tastes exactly like the real thing. Likely because it's actually made with real ginger. It's as satisfying and so much better than a bag of ginger snaps. Mmmmm.

Dharma Medicines Cutleaf Coneflower Wildflower Essence. Flower essences work gently with the body to release stuck emotions or change your energy. This particular essence is known for its calming and mind-clearing effects. And I love that the small company sources sustainable wildflowers local to their Colorado base.

What are your tricks? Post below. I'd love to hear from you.

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