Most people in the present day lead very busy lives with little to no opportunity for relaxing. We are constantly focussed on completing all of our tasks and getting everything done. Our schedules are so full that we often fail to take a breather. It’s very easy to get stressed at work and when we become too stressed we can become less productive.
The truth is that taking a few moments out of your workday to relax can help you to re-energize, allowing you to be recharged and more productive for the remainder of your workday. Consider adding some of these quick and easy relaxation practices to your schedule, to help you become more productive.
Take a Walk on Your Lunch Break
Taking a quick walk during your lunch break will provide you with a change of scenery and let you get away from your work for a little while. Even if it’s just a walk around the block, it’s important to break up the monotony of your day with a brief change of scenery. Walking will get your muscles moving and your blood flowing. Any physical activity will release endorphins that increase happiness and reduce stress allowing you to gain a renewed focus for the rest of your work day.
Listen to Some Music
Music has a profound impact on the mind and body. It can be used to provide you with a number of different moods and mindsets. For example, if you are tired and in need of a boost, upbeat music can give you some energy. If you find yourself to be stressed out, some slower, calming music can provide you with some relaxing relief. Take a few moments to plug in your headphones and let the music take you away.
An abundance of stress can lead to chronic muscle tension. To offset this, take a few moments throughout the day to get up from your desk and stretch your muscles. Stretching will leave you relaxed both physically and mentally.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to relax is through deep breathing exercises. When we become stressed, our heart rate increases. You can counteract your high heart rate with some deep breaths. Breathing deeply in and out for several minutes will help your heart rate to decrease and will increase the flow of oxygen throughout your body.