How do you recharge during your day? I am referring to the times when you take a break from your usual routine in order to give yourself a breather and your mind a rest. It’s important to step away from the daily monotony to recharge ourselves. In the best case scenario, it’s about giving ourselves a boost rather than a distraction so that we come away feeling relaxed and refreshed.
For example, if you are spending your break in a windowless room having the same snack and beverage, day in and day out, then you may want to rethink your break time habits. Or if you find yourself automatically nibbling during break time, even when you’re not hungry, you may not like what you see on the scale. There are lots of things you can do during your break that don’t include grazing at the snack machine or drinking a third cup of coffee for the day.
You can change your scenery or atmosphere by slipping outside for a 10-minute walk. That option could do wonders for your state of mind and boost energy levels as well. If you can ramp your routine up with some speed walking, then you will also re-oxygenate your bloodstream and likely return to work more alert and enthusiastic about the tasks at hand.
If you can’t get outside, then boost your oxygen levels, and calm your mind and body with some quiet breathing and relaxation exercises or even basic stretches. Just close your eyes and envision that scattered energy you expend during your day all coming back to you, helping you to feel whole again. You can also take a few minutes to do a few rounds of deep breathing, four breaths in and four out. Or stand up, stretching as high as you can and then bend down, trying to touch the floor or your shoes. Afterwards take notice of your body and mind. Ideally, you will feel a little freer or more relaxed.
If walking or meditating doesn’t speak to you, you could also try journaling, reading, listening to your favourite music or planning your next holiday in your head. The essential thing for you to do is liberate yourself temporarily from your normal routine by doing something that feels good.
Whether you spend your days in an office or at home, it is important to take breaks throughout the day. Try the tips I’ve shared or consider options of your own. The goal is to engage your mind, body and spirit in something new, different and pleasing.
“We too often love things and use people when we should use things and love people.”
An Unknown Author
Your action for today is to contact a friend or family member and tell them you love them.
Have an extraordinary day!