Taking regular, five-minute breaks at work can help you relax and recharge, something that makes your work more productive and focused. When you’re taking a break from learning and concentrating, you allow time for your brain to make the right connections between what it’s observing and what you already know. As a result, even while you’re taking a break, certain brain regions are working hard to solve problems and understand new concepts.
Now that’s clear that you should take five-minute breaks at work, let’s see what can you do with these breaks.
Read or speed read your favorite media or author
Unwind your mind by reading something unrelated to your work. It could be an entertaining post online or an article in your favorite magazine or journal. Even if it’s a longer piece of writing, you can still read it in five minutes, if you know how to speed read.
Organize your desk and have a healthy snack
Take five minutes to organize your desk or files in order of priority, and while you’re doing that, eat an apple or another fruit of your choice. Seeing your desk all cleaned up and tidy will help you focus when you return to work after your five-minute break ends.
Talk with a colleague
Sharing a joke with a colleague who is also taking a break can take your mind off work and relieve some of your stress through laughter.
Take a walk outside or go up and down the stairs rather than using the elevator
Take a brief, brisk walk outside. In the five minutes you have for your break you can walk about 500 to 600 meters at a moderate pace. That’s enough to get your body re-energized and your mind de-fogged.
Do a breathing exercise or stretch at your desk
If you don’t want to stray far away from your desk, try doing some stretching or breathing exercises while at it. It will make you feel lighter and will relieve any tension in your neck and shoulders.
Remember to take a break instead of pushing yourself harder. A series of five minute breaks at work will improve your focus and your productivity and help you become better at what you do!
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