We live in a busy world,
Everyday is go, go, go.
But don’t be afraid my friend,
To take a break and spread your wings.
Here are six tips for taking breaks during those busy days at work.
1. Take a Coffee Break
Well, it doesn’t have to be ‘coffee’ but the point is to have a break and a drink. You can have a glass of water, a juice or your beloved coffee. Whatever your choice of beverage is, don’t neglect it when things get busy in the office. It’s ok to leave your desk for five minutes to get a drink. Go outside if possible, if only for five minutes.
2. Turn off your Phone and Emails for a While
You can check them at given intervals, say every two hours, but don’t let the constant ‘dings’ distract and stress you. You can have a auto-reply that states you aren’t checking your emails and phone at the moment and that you’ll get to them as soon as possible. You could give out your mobile for emergencies, but be sure to define what an “emergency” is depending on your field of work.
Yep, stretch out your arms and legs. You can do it at your desk (deskercise). Here are some other sites that gives you simple desk exercises:
- The Ultimate “Deskercise” Stretch Routine
- Stretching Exercises at Your Desk: 12 Simple Tips
- 5 Simple Stretches To Boost Your Energy At Your Office Desk
- 8 stretches you can do at your desk
When things get really busy, that’s when we stress the most. In those times I find it helpful to just close my eyes and count to ten. If you can count 10 slow breaths that is even better.
5. Have a Lunch Break
One thing I am super guilty of is during busy periods at work I eat lunch while working. Or worst still, I don’t eat lunch at all because there is too much work to do. Think about that. I tell myself I have too much work to do that I can’t even give myself 30 minutes to eat lunch! This is not ok. I realise this now. We can’t work at the cost of our health. So my tip number five is to always have a proper lunch break. It can be 60 minutes or 30 minutes. Whatever it is, do take it. Leave the desk, or better yet leave the office to have your lunch. You will come back refreshed and re-energised ready to tackle rest of the working day.
6. Leave Work on Time
Some bosses are very good at guilt-tripping us. So much so that we feel oblige to stay back in the office for unreasonable hours to finish a project. How late have you stayed back? Maybe until 8pm or 9pm when your finishing time is 5pm? Maybe you come on the weekends (I know I have). Do you get rewarded for your extra efforts? Maybe overtime pay or time in lieu? If not, do you at least get recognised and acknowledged for your extra efforts? If the answer is no to these questions, you absolutely do not have to keep working overtime. I guess I should add a disclosure here, this depends on what your job is. If it is a about life and death, it might be more acceptable to do the extra hours (maybe you are a doctor, a nurse, a vet, or a paramedic). For most of us though, work work doesn’t deal with life and death. It’s ok if you can’t get everything done in one day. It’s ok to finish work at the time you are suppose to finish and start again the next day.
Remember, at the end of the day we all can do our best and nothing more.
Do you have your own tips for taking breaks during busy times? Leave a comment and share them with me.
Written for #EverydayInspiration Day Four: A Story in a Single Image