Got a 10 minute break but not sure how to spend it? Does the thought of just standing in your break room bore you so instead you just work through your break? 10 minutes sounds like a small amount of time but you can actually fit a lot into if you ditch the coffee itself and head for the great outdoors.Follow these steps and get the most out of a 10 minute break which will help increase your performance, boost brain power and make you feel GREAT!
Forget The Coffee
Just because it is called a coffee break it doesn't mean you have to make yourself a coffee or hot drink. It also doesn't mean you have to waste an opportunity where you could be doing something beneficial to your body. If you have strolled into work feeling tired and not enthusiastic then instead of sitting in the break room, a better idea is to head outdoors and get some fresh air. This time of the year it will seem somewhat of a foreign concept to go outside and get some fresh air when the weather isn't great. This shouldn't stop you however because being stuck inside for 8 hours a day is not good for your body and for some of you, you will arrive to work in the dark and leave off work in the dark. So get outside when you can.
Sitting down all day working away at your desk may help your company with a supply of good work but it won't help your health in the long run. This is another reason why you shouldn't skip your break and instead get up and walk outside. Take a stroll and get some blood pumping around your body. The combination alone of moving and getting some fresh air will increase your performance for the rest of the day. Moving promotes blood flow which helps increase circulatory systems, respiratory systems and your general heart health. It may seem like nothing but just by getting up out of your seat, walking down a set of stairs, breathing in fresh air and not the air conditioning within an office and walking back up some stairs will do you good.
We are on a roll and remember this is all done within 10 minutes and not a second longer. The final thing left for you to do is to stretch to relieve tightness within your muscles and joints. Did you know by performing a few upper body stretches that literally last for a total of 1-2 minutes can help increase performance. It will also help you feel more energised and more awake if you are struggling to get yourself out of 1st gear. This is because stretching just like moving promotes more blood flow to an area and where there is an increased amount of blood there will be more oxygen too. So by simply performing a small stretch routine which will include stretching of the upper back, shoulders and chest, you will feel more alive and it will have a good impact on your health.
All This In 10 Minutes
You have the tools now you need to use them on your next 10 minute break. Get outside, move, stretch and feel more alive and refreshed from it. If the sun is shining it is even better for you because an ample dose of vitamin D is highly recommended this time of the year. What are you waiting for, if your 10 minute break is coming up, time for you to move!