Communications / March 25, 2020
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Are you in the middle of a deadline…or multiple deadlines…and feel like your brain has stopped working, your eyes are seeing stars?
Maybe it is time to take a quick five-minute break. Below are five tips to try when you need to reset.
BE STILL or MEDITATE | Notice how your body feels. Begin seated or standing.
WALK | Get up, away from your desk and go for a walk! Go outside and move, even if it is just around the block. Observe what is around you, sounds, sights and smells. Notice the shapes, the colors, the light. If the weather is gross take a walk around your office. If there are multiple floors take the stairs, go the longer route.
REPLENISH | Have something to drink and not while you are doing something else. Take 5 minutes to have a cup of tea, water with lemon (cure-all). Just simply enjoy your beverage and take a few moments doing nothing else.
BREATHE | Often when we are stressed we hold our breath, limiting the oxygen to our brain. Taking some deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth can help you expel negative emotions and feelings. One of my favorite breathing techniques is alternate nostril breathing. This breathing technique works both the left and right side of your brain to help create balance in your mind. You can follow instruction or a video here: https://www.artofliving.org/us-en/yoga/breathing-techniques/alternate-nostril-breathing-nadi-shodhan
STRETCH | Finding some movement, even at your desk can help you reset. A simple forward fold or twist in both directions in a great choice. There are tons of stretches you can do seated. Pick one or try all of these. https://www.beachbodyondemand.com/blog/9-office-stretches-you-can-do-at-desk