How to Get the Most Out of Your Work Breaks

February 27, 2015 12:02 pm

How do you spend your breaks during your workday? Playing games on your computer? Checking social media on your phone while still at your desk? If so, take note: There are better ways to spend your precious breaks! Check out these handy tips:

1) Get moving.
For optimum productivity, long stretches of concentration need to be followed by short spurts of rest and relaxation. Take at least five minutes to get up from your desk, walk around, and stretch. Looking to get in a quick bout of cardio? Consider walking (or running!) up and down the stairs at work. Any form of exercise, even short walks, will boost your blood flow and thusly, your energy level.

2) Disconnect.
Consider screens of all kinds off-limits during your breaks. If possible, spend your break outdoors, and use the time for quiet reflection.

3) Have a snack.
No, not chips and a soda. Instead, reach for brain-boosting foods such as blueberries or a handful of nuts. A mug of black or green tea can reinvigorate the body with a tiny dose of caffeine.

4) Take a nap.
Catch up on some much-needed shut-eye with a short nap. Limit your snooze to 30 minutes, and don't forget to set an alarm!

You've Been Taking Breaks All Wrong. Here's How To Do It Right [HuffPost]
Take Five: 51 Things to Do When You Need a Break at Work [The Muse]
Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Take a Break [CDC]

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The Museum of Natural History: Excavating History

February 24, 2015 1:54 pm

D.C.'s Museum of Natural History is a must-see attractions, both for District residents and their out-of-town visitors. Here you'll find everything from interactive animal exhibits to galleries of precious gems. Some exhibits trace the development and migration of the human family; others show off the worlds of other species, like the Museum's "Hall of Mammals." A dinosaur exhibit presents these enormous creatures up-close and in-person, while an exhibit on Ancient Egypt reveals one of the oldest world civilizations. There's so much more to see at the Museum of Natural History, so be sure to wear your walking shoes and plan to spend a few hours browsing through the treasures at this Washington museum.

National Museum of Natural History
10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000
http://www.mnh.si.edu/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/national-museum-of-natural-history-washington

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Green Meets Clean in These Recipes for All-Purpose Cleaners

February 20, 2015 12:02 pm

Here are two effective—and surprisingly simple—recipes for homemade cleansers made with only natural ingredients.

All-Purpose Vinegar Spray [greencleaning.about.com]
This simple, aromatic spray is incredibly easy to make, and it can be used on just about any surface in your home. Vinegar offers powerful disinfecting properties that are on par with any store-bought cleaner on the market today, and it smells a whole lot more natural, too. Simply combine it with water and your favorite essential oils, pour it all in a spray bottle, and you’ll instantly have a versatile cleaner that you can really feel good about.

Glass Cleaner [Good Housekeeping]
You don’t like the laundry list of chemicals on the back of your name brand glass cleaner, but it seems like making your own just won’t produce the same results. This simple recipe is here to prove you wrong. By using only water, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and some essential oils to mask the strong scent, you’ll get the same streak-free shine on every window or mirror in your home. Best of all, all of the ingredients used are environmentally friendly and safe for pets and humans.

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