How do you take a break? I know that up until recently I was very guilty of not taking a break both during my working day and at home. We are all guilty of it aren’t we? This is despite knowing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of taking time-out from our schedules to rest frequently by taking a break. I acknowledge that in 2016 we are all very busy people, who from time to time think we are “too busy” to take a break. Yet we all know that when we become tired (generally from over exertion) we become less focussed, make errors (whoops!), lose our sense of direction and purpose, and we can become cranky (eeek!). The reality is that those of us who continue on this path eventually end up becoming run down.
In this blog I am suggesting that we “busy people” can all make some small daily changes to refresh, recharge, and shake off stress before we end up unwell. We can easily achieve this by introducing mini-breaks throughout the day. I make sure I do at least 2-3 of the below ‘ways to take a break’ every day. In a short amount of time I feel AMAZING! and I absolutely support you to try some of the below tips. To make it even easier for you, I have split them into the type of breaks you can take at work and those that you can try at home.
For those of you that want to know more about relaxation ideas. In an earlier blog, I have introduced some extremely helpful tips for teaching children how to relax. http://centenarynannies.com.au/relaxation-ideas-children/
5 ways to take a break at work:
- Refresh your eyes by taking a couple of minutes to look away from your computer screen.
- Move away from your desk for five minutes, and if possible go and get a glass of water from the kitchen.
- Take a lunch break – if possible don’t eat lunch at your desk. If not possible – close your computer screen down and let your colleagues know that you are going on break. You may want to check in with them to confirm that the timing is suitable as well.
- If it is nice, go for a walk outside. While you are there, have a look up at the sky. Beautiful isn’t it? This one is great for gaining perspective and reducing stress.
- Try some easy stretches at your desk such as a neck roll or back stretch.
5 ways to take a break at home:
- Take ten minutes and sit with your legs against a wall. Close your eyes and relax. You will feel the stress melt away. This is great for getting rid of headaches as well!
- Go for a walk in nature and treat yourself to biophilia as well as some much-needed time out and fresh air.
- Colour in! There are many adult colouring in books available. It is truly lovely to take some time to colour in.
- If you have a bath, why not take one? Put some candles on. You could even put some relaxing essential oils in the bath or Epsom salts.
- Do some exercise. There are so many quick exercise routines available on YouTube that you can tune into for free. My favourites are the 10 minute High Intensity Interval Training – get the blood pumping and feel that stress melt away.