Who among us couldn’t use a little rejuvenation once in a while? The definition of rejuvenate is to make someone feel better or more vital – and I know I can always use a little more energy and vitality…how about you?
While you’re at work or involved in business or community activities, it’s very common to sometimes feel overwhelmed with all the projects you’re juggling. When you’re interested in many things and subjects, it’s easy to acquire a lot of unfinished items on your “to do” list.
Looking at what seems like an endless task list can cause you to drop into a negative frame of mind and may even cause you to doubt your ability to “dig out” and complete what’s in front of you. Doubting yourself and your abilities is a vicious cycle – limited progress forward causes a limiting mindset, which can degenerate into negativity and drop your productivity and accomplishments even more!
Concentrating for a long period of time on a specific task or a challenge can be taxing mentally, emotionally and physically. This can result in a tired mind, aching muscles, and a complete lack of energy – you get stuck in a rut and may find it harder to climb out as you doggedly pursue a solution or course of action.
What can you do to rest and revive yourself for short periods of time during your busy day while still being productive? Take a short break!
Check out these suggestions for incorporating short, productivity-enhancing breaks into your daily work routine:
- Close your eyes and listen to three songs on your MP3 player. Most people have their favorite music easily accessible on their phone, MP3 player, or other electronic device. Choose music that relaxes and soothes you, put your head down on your desk, and listen to a few songs.
Let your stress float away and clear your mind as you let the music flow in.
Music soothes the body and soul. After three songs, you’ll be surprised at how relaxed you feel. You’ll regain the strength necessary to make it through the rest of the day.
- Shut your office or workspace door, prop your feet up, and lean back. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and count backwards from 50 to 1. You’ll be comforted by the sound and feel of your own ability to inhale and exhale. Then, open your eyes and you’ll feel refreshed, revived and ready to go.
- 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’re working from home, try to incorporate some stairs – perhaps to the second floor, or to the basement. If you need some fresh air, go outside and walk around the block. Getting your blood pumping at an optimum level will help to raise your energy levels and make you feel revitalized!
- 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.
If you prefer, wet a paper towel with cool water. Then you can continually blot your face, neck, arms, and wrists to stimulate your senses.
It’s amazing how much this little break can perk you up and allow your positive energy to flow again.
- Relax and rejuvenate with a power nap. If your daily routine 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.
Set your cell phone alarm for ten minutes and try to snooze. If you have your own office, close your door, get comfortable in your chair, and grab a few minutes of shut eye.
When the alarm goes off, you still have five minutes left to take a brief walk around your office building or workspace, grab a refreshing drink of water, or have a quick chat with a co-worker in the break room.
- Go for a change of scenery. You might break out of your rut when you’re able to change your view.
If you work in a large office, try working in the conference room – perhaps even on a different floor! You can even trying sitting in a different chair or on the couch in your office.
If you work from home, take your laptop outside and sit on the porch to work. Or try working in the living room today if you’re the only one home.
Although work can be tedious and challenging, you have some choices in what you can do to relax and revitalize yourself 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. These methods will help you embrace that next big project with optimism and renewed energy.