Give Your Brain A Break During Your Workday
The eight-hour workday has become a normal schedule of one’s life. This workday is followed by half an hour break, but unfortunately our brain is unable to focus on one task for hours. Our brain needs break, if you do multiple tasks in eight-hours, your brain will be exhausted.
An author and the CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp in a recent LinkedIn post Jeff Stibel said “the idea of an eight-hour day with a short lunch break is based on the most effective formula for physical labor, not mental work and certainly not creative mental work.”
“Evidence shows that the brain cycles from highest attention to lowest attention approximately every 90 minutes. This suggests that you should hit the reset button about that often,” Stibel added.
Due to this reason, the tech companies like Silicon Valley introduce a trend by offering unique perks that persuade employees to step away from their desks. “One of the best ways to recharge is to engage in something different,” he says.
“If you’ve been reviewing a document for 90 minutes, don’t take a break by reading news articles. Get up and do something completely different.”
Three ways to give your brain a break during your workday:
Be physically vigorous:
Exercise is good for our brains and it also keeps it active. This is the reason, office gyms and company sponsored yoga classes are becoming common, says Sibtel. “If you can’t get in a full workout, don’t fret: stretching for five minutes or even using a standing desk makes small changes that can spur creativity and recharge your batteries.”
Do Something You love the most:
Play office games, go out for window shopping, meet your friends, invite your friends for the coffee, these are the great ways to divert your mind from work and give it a break. “Take advantage of what’s [in] or near your office,” Stibel says. “Being fully engaged in an activity lifts the mood and contributes to feelings of overall well-being.”
Go out and explore, get into nature:
“Being outside activates different brain regions than sitting inside, as most of us do for the majority of our workday,” he says. Easy ways to incorporate nature into your workday include taking a walk in a nearby park or regularly having lunch outside.
“Brain breaks can make a big difference in your ability to be productive, creative, and innovative. The paradox is that doing less often allows you to do more,” Stibel concludes.