With summertime in full swing, I feel like my days are so much more empty than when I’m in school. It’s a comfortable empty, meaning I can plan my day as I go. However, when I’m not in constant academic mode, I tend to get really tired around 3 pm. Now, I feel like most people get tired at some point during the day, whether in summer or during the academic year. I feel like if you’re working, you likely have a little lull in your day year around. So, I wanted to share my 5 methods for recharging in 15 minutes. The following breaks are my go-to break activities. They only take about 15 minutes, and then I can get back to work!
Paint your nails while listening to your favorite songs: When I need to decompress, and just relax for a bit, I always paint my nails while blasting whatever songs I’m loving at the moment. Listening to good music, and having a fresh mani makes me feel more prepared for my day and getting work done.
Have a mini dance party: So, I took Hilary Rushford’s free instagram course, and she started it with a mini dance party. I’m not a huge dancer, but I decided to go ahead and take part. Then I realized how great it feels to just dance around by yourself and literally dance while no one is watching. If you’re having trouble getting work done, or just having a rough day, put on some dance music, and go for it!
Take a power nap: a 12-15 minute power nap always leaves me rejuvenated. I time the nap, and I make sure I only sleep 12-15 minutes, otherwise I wake up groggy and worse off.
Timed Social Media Browsing: I’ll time myself, and browse social media for 15 minutes. I usually limit myself to 1 or 2 social media channels, Instagram and Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, etc. to make sure I don’t spend too long on social media and it really is just a break.
Go for a quick walk: If you live on a college campus, or work where you can take a quick break out of the building, I’d recommend taking a quick walk. I used to “run errands” when I needed I break. I’d walk to the post office or to grab a coffee at the cafe. Getting some fresh air really helps refresh and gets me refocused