So you’ve probably already read articles, magazines, and maybe even entire books on why – and how – you should keep your creative juices flowing throughout the work day. It doesn’t matter if you work for someone else or work for yourself; these tips aren’t limited to just those who work at home. However, they’re very helpful for those of us who work from home pounding out articles, video clips, slideshows and websites all day long.
If you’re running low on steam, need to give your hands a break from typing, or have a case of stare-eyes from looking at your screen too long, then I highly recommend trying one of – or all of – these relaxation and creative rejuvenation tips below. Plus, they’re enjoyable, so it’s like taking a little mini break.
Four Stimulation and Relaxation Techniques for Work
Here is just a short list of the many things you can do to rejuvenate yourself at work.
- Keep a soothing candle by your desk. Unleash the scent either by opening the lid or by lighting it. Pick soothing flavors like chamomile, vanilla, lemongrass or that “fresh laundry” scent that’s so popular if you’re typically high-strung, or more bold flavors like chocolate chip cookies, apple pie or Caribbean breeze for a more in-your-face smell. Plus, it will help keep your work area from smelling stale, which can happen sometimes.
- Keep a magazine or book at your desk. You’ve heard me preach and preach about reading new material to keep your mind stimulated. But it’s easier said than done if you don’t have a book handy. If you get in the practice of keeping a book at your desk, it will remain within arm’s reach for when you get bored or need to take a break.
- Do a few stretches. Your muscles get just as sore from sitting down and remaining in the same position as your eyes do from staring at the screen. Give them both a break by hopping out of your seat and doing a few arm, leg and wrist stretches. Get that blood flowing in all the right places, and you’ll feel a lot more confident when you sit back down.
- Leave a personal item around your desk at all times. For the ladies, this might be your favorite Huckleberry chap stick. Guys, you might enjoy keeping a wrist squeeze toy or mini football around to play catch with in your hands as you consider your next ingenious project. Whatever you choose, make it as non-business related as possible so you can temporarily get more mind off of your work whenever you use it.
You’ll find yourself rested and refreshed after infusing these little habits into your work day. Who knows – you might also find yourself in a better mood when you get off work with all the stimulants floating around your body! Just don’t let yourself get so distracted that you forget to get back to business when you’re done.