We all sit at our desks way too much and too long. Little wonder, then, that our productivity often flags at different points during the day. Taking breaks can be very helpful: they help us rest our tired eyes, stretch tight muscles, bring oxygen to our brain, and recharge mentally. But what counts as a true break?
not grabbing another cup of coffee or checking our email!
Recently, I came across an online article by Arina Nikitina that offered A range of energy-boosting strategies that are simple to use, yet effective. Here’s Are a Few:
Rehydrate yourself: First, Drink a full glass of water. Then, splash some water on your face – warm, if you want to relax, cold if you want to feel re-energized.
1) Plant your feet firmly on the ground, lift your arms and look at your palms.
2) Stretch your spine for 30-60 seconds, gradually increasing pressure, as if
you were trying to touch the ceiling with your fingers
3) Relax, lower your arms and feel the energy moving up your spine.
Do some deep breathing: Stand up and walk away from your desk. Find a quiet place, where you can sit down, close your eyes, smile to yourself and take 10 deep breaths. Imagine tension and stress leaving your body as you breathe out and feel peacefulness, positive Energy, and relaxation filling your mind as you breath in.
Use a guided meditation: There are plenty of 10-15 minute meditations that allow you to tap your creativity and let go of muscles tension. Just close your eyes and let peace
and relaxation flow through you.
Step outside: Catching some sunshine and absorbing a dose of Vitamin D can give you a quick boost of energy, refreshing both mind and body. Try to be in the moment: feel the sun on your skin, the breeze on your face. Even one quick trip around park will help.
Boogie for a bit: Music is a great mood changer, especially if you allow yourself to get up and move with it. Just a few minutes of humming and dancing can put a smile on your face and loosen up both your body and your brain.
Take a brain Break: This is a great idea if you need a quick distraction from the problem at hand to get your creative juices flowing:
* Take your left hand and have your fingers in and your thumb up.
* Then take your right hand and put all the fingers in except for the pinkie. in other
words, your left thumb is up and right pinkie out.
* Now switch the roles of your hands. And now try doing it faster.
Ok, now that we’re energized, let’s get back to work!