No one can stay completely focussed for hours on end without short pauses and refreshes. It can feel great when you’re on a roll, and you shouldn’t necessarily stop just as you’re getting into your groove, but taking breaks is incredibly important for both your physical and mental health.
In 2013, Tony Schwartz for the NYT said: “A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal – including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations – boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.”
We’re here to inspire your next 10-minute mini-break from your desk job.
We’ve tried to avoid suggestions that keep you at your computer (for example, doing non-work-related life admin, or reorganising your files) because you need to get away from that screen babe.
For all of these recommendations, you really ought to leave your office space, or just go to another part of the room if you WFH, just to properly switch off.
Yoga is a great way to get your body moving without ending up sat in sweaty clothes for the rest of the day.
Thinking of, and physically writing down, 3, 5, or 10 things your grateful for that day would be a lovely way to switch off from what’s going on at your desk (which might be stressful, dull, or straight up depressing) and to remember what life’s really for.
Getting out of the office (or WFH office) and getting some fresh air – yes, even just a couple of minutes – is going to be beneficial for your headspace. Why not nip out to a small local café and grab a coffee? The change of scene will be refreshing, and you can support your local economy while you’re at it.
Walk It Off
Grab your office bestie and have a stroll around the block – maybe vent some of the day’s frustrations so you don’t accidentally send it in an email to that annoying client.
Treat yourself to your favourite snack – maybe a croissant from your favourite bakery across from your office, or maybe just a lovely apple – and eat it slowly and mindfully, really focussing in on the experience. Yum.
Think about how much better you’d be at a language (or any skill, for that matter) if you practiced for 10 minutes a day, for a year! There’s plenty of free and cheap options out there.
Who haven’t you spoken to in ages? Maybe it’s your grandma. Maybe it’s your best friend from school that you haven’t had a catch up with in a while. Give them a call, or send a text to let them know you’re thinking of them. Send texts to loads of friends, and look forward to reading all of the replies at the end of the day. Let the love roll in!
Have a search for a 10-minute video on a topic you find interesting, would love to know more about, or will feel inspired by, and get that ready for a mini-break during the day.
Stand up and rearrange your desk or work area – the changed layout will trick your brain into thinking you’re somewhere new and exciting. Find out what’s at the bottom of your drawer, there’s probably some gum you need to throw in the bin.
What would you recommend?