6 Easy Ways to Incorporate Short Breaks into Your Work Day
By Helen Godfrey, MA, NCC, BCC, LPC
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the projects you are juggling at work. Concentrating for extended periods of time can be draining, both physically and emotionally and can result in a tired mind, aching muscles, and a complete lack of energy.
What can you do to rest and revive yourself for short periods of time during your work day while still being productive?
Check out these suggestions for incorporating short breaks into your daily work routine:
1. Close your eyes and listen to three songs on your iPhone. Do you need some time to relax and regroup or do you need a song that will get you pumped and going again? Choose the appropriate music and listen to a couple of songs.
2. Shut your office door, prop your feet, and lean back. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and count backwards from 50 to 1. This little exercise works wonders. Just resting your eyes for a little while can leave you feeling refreshed.
3. Take a brisk 10-minute walk. No matter how big or small your office, you can always take a stroll around the building. If you need some fresh air, go outside and walk around the block. Getting your blood pumping at an optimum level will make you feel revitalized!
4. Splash cool water on your face. Go to the restroom, splash cool water on your face and wrists, and then dry them off. Sometimes, cool stimulation to those areas is not only refreshing, but it can also wake you up if you're feeling sleepy.
5. Relax and rejuvenate with a power nap. If your employer allows you a 15-minute break in the afternoon, use it to take a nap. Even if you don’t usually take naps, give it a try.
6. Change the scenery. You might break out of your rut when you’re able to change your view.
Although work can be stressful, there are many ways you can incorporate a bit of down time throughout the day.
Use music, deep breathing techniques, walking, cool water splashes, power napping, and scenery changes in order to keep yourself alert and focused. Taking some time throughout the day to invest in your well-being will help you be more productive in the long run and prevent you from burning out. Give it a try. See how it works for you.