How to Relax at Work While Still Staying Productive

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It's important to take the time to “Relax Often” while at work. We believe in work-life balance. We are a family company and we understand the tugs and pulls of life outside of the office. Most relaxation can be done at home, but taking a break shouldn't be frowned upon at work. There are tons of ways that taking a break to relax at work can help you stay energetic.

Relax, But Don't Slack

Being able to balance a relaxed but productive work life mentality can be challenging. It's common to believe that in order to be productive they have to feel busy and exhausted by the end of the day. While in reality, having completed quality work and taking the time to do things right can also lead to a fruitful workload. Deciding to stay calm in the face of deadlines can be hard, but the feeling at the end of the day should be satisfying, not draining.

Tips and Tricks 

  • Go to Sleep:   Have you ever heard of the 20 minute power nap? Creeping deadlines can be scary, but when fatigue sets in, your quality of work will suffer. It may be an unpopular opinion, but as the saying goes, "maybe just sleep on it."
  • Step Back:  Take a step away from the work station and breathe. Talk to someone. Get coffee. Even taking the time to empty the trash from under the desk allows the brain enough time to restart. Stepping away can allow fresh eyes to pick up from the stopping point.
  • It's Healthy:   Taking a break is the healthy option. Staying at a work station and in front of a screen for too long can cause eye strain, migraines, stiffness, and mental blocks. Especially during this year when the pandemic and Covid-19 has forced many of us to work remotely in spaces that are not ergonomic. For most people, the caliber of work they produce has a lot to do with how they are feeling. If taking more breaks can improve mastery of work, isn't that a good thing?

Extras!

Finding time to relax is essential to staying productive at work, but making time to give back and volunteer is invaluable for how you show-up while at work. For more information like this, click the link to visit How to Volunteer Freely with Work.

This post was strongly inspired by the CIPHER article, "Five benefits of taking regular breaks at work."

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