Increase your Daily Productivity

Increase your Daily Productivity

By Carolina Lozada

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Do you have a time during the day when you feel overwhelmed by information in your mind, so you find yourself involuntarily closing your eyes, moving your head, or taking off your glasses? This is a reaction to a signal sent by your brain asking you to take a short break Here, we provide you with some options that will allow your brain to relieve that overload, oxygenate, send the body more energy and, therefore, increase your productivity to continue your day. You can do all the options at once, or you can select them throughout the day. These will only take a couple of minutes and your whole body will thank you!

OPTION 1. STAND

Repeat 10 times each. (Total duration 30 seconds). Gently move your head from left to right to stretch your neck. Open and close your arms slowly. Take one step forward. Lean your body forward and stretch your back leg. After counting to 10, switch to the other leg.

OPTION 2. BREATHE

This is a method used by soldiers in the army to reduce stress. (Total duration 1 minute). Inhale counting to four. Hold your breath counting to four. Exhale counting to four. Hold your breath counting to four. You can repeat a couple of times.

OPTION 3. CONNECT

Connecting your senses distracts your brain for a moment allowing you to relax. Count five things you see. Count four things you can touch. Count three things you hear. Count two things you smell.

OPTION 4. VISUALIZE

Set a two-minute alarm, so you won’t be worried about exceeding your time. Close your eyes and visualize that you are taking a walk through a place surrounded by nature. This will provide a fresh breath of air to your brain, since it cannot differentiate between reality and imagination.

Carolina Lozada

Writer/ Escritora Lead up

Colombia

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Publisher's Note

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