Thursday, February 09, 2012

Feeling tired?

How do you recharge during the day? I am talking about the times when you take a break from your usual routine to give yourself a breather and your mind a rest. It is important for us to break from the daily monotony to recharge ourselves. However, if we aren't careful, breathers can become monotonous and routine as well.

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, regardless if you are hungry or not, you may not like what you see on the scale. There are lots of things you can do with your break time that don't include grazing at the snack machine or drinking a third cup of coffee for the day.

For example, try to change your scenery or atmosphere by slipping outside for a 10-minute walk. It will do wonders for your state of mind and boost your energy levels as well. If you can partake in healthy exercise and re-oxygenate your bloodstream, you will likely return to work more alert and enthusiastic about the tasks at hand. If you can't get outside, boost your oxygen levels and calm your mind and body with a few minutes of quiet breathing and relaxation exercises. 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. Or take a few minutes to do a few rounds of deep breathing, four breaths in and four out. Afterwards take notice how the affect it has on your body and mind. Hopefully, you will feel a little freer or a little more relaxed.

If walking or meditating doesn't seem like an ideal break time activity, try journaling, listening to your favorite music, or planning your next holiday in your head. The essential thing for you to do to break out of your normal routine and do something that makes you feel good.

Whether you work in an office or from home, it is important to take advantage of your 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.

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