Whether you work in an office at a desk all day or you work hard all day on your feet, we all need breaks. That is why we wanted to help you with some quick tips to help you stay focused and stress-free throughout your work day! We use these techniques, and they work wonders for us. We hope they do the same for you!
1. Look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes.
Your eyes need a break from looking at the computer screen. If you find yourself looking at the screen for too long, it can make you tired and strain your eyes. If you just look away for about a minute, it can make a big difference. A great tip is setting a timer, and when the timer goes off, that means you look away for a minute. It will do wonders for your eyes and energy level.
2. Sip on a glass of water while you work.
Water is so good for our bodies. One way to stay energized and focused is to sip on water all day long. It helps to re-energize you and keep you going. Another advantage is it helps you get in the amount of water you need to be drinking each day! There are too many benefits of drinking water all day to not try it!
3. Listen to relaxing music while you work to reduce stress.
I have found this to be my number one way to reduce stress quickly. It also helps me with my mental health. It calms me but not too much to make me sleepy. There were days that I was so stressed out I didn’t think I could make it until the end of the day. When I put on my calming music, not only did I find I could finish my day, but I found I was less stressed than before. I have even found I am more productive! I personally turn on the “yoga” station from Pandora. It is a great relaxation technique.
4. Take short breaks and move every 30 or 45 minutes!
During the day it feels like we have no time to take breaks since we have so much to get done. Short breaks are so important though to help you focus and reduce your stress level. I try aiming for a short break every 30-45 minutes. You can walk around the office for a couple of minutes to stretch your legs, do some overhead stretches, or do some yoga stretches (if you aren’t in front of a lot of people or get embarrassed easily). A timer or alarm is the best way to help you remember to get up and take a break. Another great resource to use is the Jawbone Up Band. It not only counts your steps, tracks your calories, and tracks your sleep, but it also has a feature that will alert you when you have been idle for a certain amount of time (you get to pick how much time). I have mine set for 45 minutes and it will buzz my wrist once if I have remained idle for that long. It is my reminder to get up and move! You will be surprised at how these short breaks will help you to focus more and increase your productivity throughout the day.
5. Deep breathing/meditation for a minute.
I know you have probably heard this before, but it works so well! I would be doing a disservice to you if I didn’t mention this amazing trick. If you are finding it difficult to focus, try taking a minute or two, and do some deep breathing. Try breathing in slowly and exhaling slowly at least 10 times. If you want to add in some meditation when doing this, then it is all the better! Focus on your breathing while you do this meditation. When you start getting back to work you will feel more refreshed.
6. Smell rosemary essential oil.
Rosemary essential oils help you keep your concentration and keep you alert. Make sure you use a diluted form of 50:50, and you put a little bit (2-4 drops) of it on your wrists or ankles before working. Another way to use it is to smell it throughout the day. It will help a lot, and any little thing helps when you are stressed out and can’t seem to focus.
We hope these tips will help in the fight against difficult focusing and being stressed out! Hopefully they will help you as much as they have helped us throughout the years:)
We would love to hear from you. What are some other ways you stay focused and less stressed throughout the day?