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Fun Quick Break Activities to Recharge

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Fun Quick Break Activities to Recharge

There are days when we feel like our brain needs a reboot. Grinding for long periods and getting lost in a pile of tasks can result in brain fog clouding your concentration. Emails, deadlines, and back-to-back meetings can make it easy to feel overwhelmed. When this happens, what do you do to recharge? Well, it doesn’t have to be a full-blown getaway— taking quick energizing breaks throughout the day can do wonders for your focus, energy, productivity, and overall wellness. 

Here are quick and fun break activities that you can do to refocus and recharge to conquer your slump: 

  1. Step away from the screen. Our eyes are constantly bombarded with digital stimulation. Taking a break from screens allows your eyes to rest and your mind to disconnect from the digital world. 
  • Get moving:
    Do some jumping jacks, climb a flight of stairs, or walk around the block. Even a few minutes of movement can increase blood flow, improve your mood, and boost your energy levels.
  • Mindfulness meditation:
    Take a few deep breaths and practice some simple mindfulness exercises. Focus on your breath, acknowledge your thoughts without judgment, and allow yourself to be present in the moment. There are many free meditation apps or meditation videos that are available to guide you through short, beginner-friendly sessions.
  • Stretch it out:
    Focus on major muscle groups like your neck, shoulders, back, and legs. Hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds and repeat as needed.
  1. Engage your senses. Sensory stimulation can be a powerful tool for de-stressing and refocusing.
  • Listen to your favorite music:
    Put on your favorite playlist and let the music transport you. Music can elevate your mood and energize you while calming music can help decrease stress and anxiety.
  • Aromatherapy:
    Essential oils can have a profound impact on our mood and energy levels. Diffuse calming scents like lavender or chamomile to promote relaxation or use invigorating essential oils like peppermint or rosemary to boost alertness.
  • Eat a healthy snack:
    Choose nutritious options like fruits, nuts, or yogurt, and savor each bite. Be mindful, and avoid sugary snacks that can lead to a crash in energy levels later.
  1. Spark your creativity. Sometimes the best way to refocus is to engage a different part of your brain. 
  • Doodling:
    Grab a pen and paper and let your creativity flow. Don’t worry about perfect lines or artistic masterpieces. Just doodle freely and see where your mind takes you.
  • Coloring:
    Adult coloring books offer a relaxing and therapeutic way to de-stress and unleash your creative side. (Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore!)
  • Writing quick prompts:
    Set a timer for 5 minutes and write about anything that comes to mind. This can be a fun way to break free from writer’s block and unlock new ideas.
  1. Connect with others. Social interaction can be a powerful mood booster. Take a break to connect with colleagues or loved ones. 
  • Quick chat with a co-worker:
    Message your available colleague about something non-work related. Laughter and social interaction can be a great stress reliever.
  • Call a friend or family member:
    A quick phone call to a loved one can provide a much-needed emotional boost.
  • Quick social media scroll:
    Keep up with the latest trends or watch a quick video to de-stress. However, be mindful and set a timer before it goes from casual scrolling to doom-scrolling.
  1. Embrace nature. Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels and improve mental well-being. 
  • Look out the window:
    Simply stepping away from your desk and gazing out the window can offer a refreshing mental break. Focus on the greenery or the movement outside and allow your mind to relax.
  • Take a walk in nature:
    If possible, head outside for a short walk in nature. Breathe in the fresh air, soak up the sunshine, and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.
  • Bring nature indoors:
    Decorate your workspace with plants or keep fresh flowers on your desk. The natural beauty and calming presence of greenery can create a more peaceful and focused environment.

The key to reaping the benefits of these activities is to integrate them into your workday routinely. Build a habit by scheduling your breaks. Treat your breaks as important as your meetings or deadlines. Block out time in your calendar for short breaks throughout the day. Find out what works for you. Experiment with different activities and discover what helps you de-stress and refocus the most. Set reminders by using your phone or calendar app to set reminders for yourself to take a break. Also, try to minimize distractions while on break, put your phone on silent, and avoid checking work emails. This allows you to truly disconnect and recharge. Ultimately, listen to your body. Pay attention to your body’s signals. Do you feel your eyes straining or your neck getting stiff? Those are signs you need to step away for a break.

Taking short breaks throughout your workday won’t hurt; acknowledging your struggle and taking action it’s a sign of intelligence. These quick refreshers can be your solution for managing stress, boosting focus, and ultimately, crushing your to-do list! Start incorporating these activities into your workday today. Even small changes can make a significant difference in your energy levels, focus, and overall well-being.

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