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.
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]