These days, more and more people are being offered a change to their working week, specifically in the form of hybrid working or even entirely remote working.
Now, there are many advantages to working from home, including a much healthier work-life balance and more freedom when it comes to setting a schedule and achieving targets, but it can often be tricky to define a “start and end time” to the working day.
With this in mind, continue reading to discover four key ways to relax on a break when working from home.
1. Have your lunch in the garden.
If you are fortunate enough to have a spacious or intimate garden attached to your property, one of the best things you could do on your lunch break at home is eat in the garden.
Not only will this give you the opportunity to stretch your legs and get your circulation going, but the fresh air for half an hour during your working day will also:
- Ensure your body has a much-needed injection of vitamin D
- Improve both the duration and the quality of your sleep
- Help to keep feelings of stress and anxiety at bay
- Boost your core levels of focus and concentration
2. Incorporate micro-breaks
Next, if guaranteeing that you will always get at least half an hour set lunch break from Monday to Friday every week is simply not feasible due to your individual job role, then you should instead look into micro-breaks.
The best thing about taking a micro-break is that this will allow you to give your eyes and thought process a brief respite, without breaking the momentum of your work. Even taking a sip of coffee and looking at what you are drinking, rather than blindly feeling for the cup and not breaking your reading or typing rhythm, can make much more of a difference than you think.
3. Play online games
Another excellent suggestion for unwinding on a much-needed break from the desk is to play online games, be that through an application or through an account at an online casino.
Make sure, should you be interested in having a flutter online, that you set both a daily and a weekly deposit limit before you begin play and that you only choose to register with a prestigious online casino Australia, rather than one with no reviews or ratings in sight.
4. Get creative
Finally, even if your job is in the creative sector, having something simple and relaxing, of a creative nature, to do on your break can also have a hugely positive impact.
For adults, colouring books allow the mind to concentrate on the shading and texture of the pencils and the artwork you create and provide a welcome distraction from processing complex equations and spreadsheets packed full of calculations.
Another creatively minded suggestion would be to have a notepad at the side of your desk and ‘free write’, which means dumping all your thoughts out on paper, whatever they may be, for a clearer and more productive mind.
5. Learn something
If you love to learn new things and get easily bored, then keeping your mind active is something you want to do, even in your downtime. During your break, you could take the opportunity to learn something new, like a language on an app like Duolingo, or watch short how-to tutorials on YouTube to pick up a new skill, like playing an instrument. You could even take short professional development courses to help boost your career; you’d be surprised at how long a 10- to 15-minute break can last and how much you can learn in that time.
David Radar, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.