9 Activities You Should Do To Take A Break From Your Busy Life

Life can get pretty stressful. When you’re juggling a lot of things, it’s so easy to get lost in your schedule and forget about yourself. But, if you want to maintain your creativity and prevent burnout, you need to make sure to take periodic breaks. A real break is more than just resting your eyes and loosening up your stiff muscles from sitting in front of the computer for hours on end.

Admit it – you can’t always function at 100% capacity ALL the time. Here are some effective tips at making sure you’re taking real breaks. Nope, checking your Instagram feed isn’t an effective break.

 

1. Hit the gym.

Exercise is an excellent way to boost your energy, improve your mood, and increase your daily productivity. Find a gym that’s located close to your office so that if you find yourself stuck in a mental rut, you can hit the gym in between your shift.

Leave a stack of gym clothes to the office so that you don’t have to bring your gym bag to work every day, and let your gym bag remind you to work out.

 

2. Do a social media detox.

Looking at your newsfeed can be counter-productive. Instead of resting your eyes during your breaks or rest days, it’s adding up to more screen time for you.

Remember, your real friends aren’t the ones in your social networking account—they’re the ones you can call for a night out or a quick weekend getaway.

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3. Spend some time with your family and friends.

Call up your family and friends and spend quality time with them. You’re already at work nine hours each day, not to mention the time you spend on the road.

So, let go of your work stuff and make time for them. You’ll find yourself enjoying. When you get back to work, you’ll be more relaxed and your creative juices will flow.

 

4. Play board games.

It’s common for people to spend time together, but then everyone will be on their smartphones, playing individual games or going through their emails and social media accounts. Nope, that’s not what you’d call a real break or spending quality time with your friends and family.

Go get some board games and free yourselves from any gadget or device.

 

5. Take a walk.

Sometimes, you just have to get out of the office to get your creative juices running again. If you have errands to do such as go to the bank, buy something, or pay your bills, then now’s the time to do it.

Go outside and do your errands. Get up and move. Walking will help your blood circulate throughout your body and back to your brain.

You’re not just fulfilling errands that you otherwise won’t be able to do because of your hectic schedule, but you’re also getting exercise!

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6. Immerse yourself in nature.

Spend a day or weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature. If you can’t get away, go to a nearby park. The scenery around you will help calm your nerves down and help you relax.

Lay down a blanket on the grass. People watch (not on your smartphone). You know when they say take time to smell the roses? Do that. Literally.

 

7. Meditate or do breathing exercises.

Try gazing out the window and watch the street. That’s meditation in itself. Bring what you learned in your yoga class to your office.

When you’re in the midst of a difficult challenge at work, sit back, close your eyes, and breathe. Inhale… Exhale… do this for a couple of minutes.

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8. Find a hobby.

Paint. Dance. Work out. Knit. Swim. Read a book. Find yourself a hobby that you enjoy, then find time for it at least once a week or twice a month.

A fun hobby can help relieve you of work- or home-related stress.

 

9. Take a power nap.

You’re probably familiar with how Japanese compaies encourage their workers to nap at work. Well, that’s because it actually increases productivity! No worker can deliver their best work when they’re tired, stressed, and burned out.

If you’re feeling fatigued during work, that’s because you are. Go to the quiet room in your office and take a 15-minute nap. You may be surprised to find yourself refreshed and rejuvenated even if it’s just for a short bit.

 

Your body is not a machine. You’re a human being who needs periodic breaks from work and daily chores. Even heroes and martyrs take a break, so don’t feel guilty about wanting to relax and enjoy yourself from time to time.

With her love for fashion and eye for detail, Louise has managed to combine her role at Pocket with the other aspect of her life that keep her very busy. Louise loves fashion shows and she has worked on high profile campaigns for retail giants such as Cadbury’s, O2 Network, Sony Mobile and Magnum.

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