Research has shown that taking naps or breaks during the day can have a re-energising and rejuvenating effect. How do you do this if you are at work all day?
If you work at a desk in front of a computer screen all day, you could have a short relaxation break there just by closing your eyes and relaxing in your chair for 5-10 minutes.
To practice relaxing you start by just watching your breath slowly going in and slowly going out. Gently take the breath in a bit deeper, slowly filling the lungs and then slowly releasing the lungs. This can help relax tension in the neck, shoulders, head and face. It also helps to calm the mind.
By watching the breath you are disengaging the brain from the thoughts that are going round in your head. The breath is always in the present moment, not in the future or the past.
If you really can’t do that, or you are in the public eye when at work, why not try doing relaxation techniques in your lunch break somewhere you can sit quietly for 10 minutes using the technique described above.
Just close your eyes, letting go of the world and of any tensions and irritations. Become aware of where your body holds its tension by doing a body scan. Focus on any areas of tension, often in the shoulders, gently try and let them relax with the out breath.
You could also do it on the train or the bus going home, leaving behind any frustrations of the day before you get ready to start your evening fun. You could try a relaxation app on your phone to use even if you don’t have a seat! Just remember not to fall asleep and miss your stop!
Having short breaks like this actually increases your productivity so even though you need to take time out to do them, you can achieve more as you remain more alert and focused.