Get up from your computer: 15 fun things to do during a work break
Whether you’re working in an office or remotely, staring at a computer screen or sitting
in back-to-back meetings can start to wear on even the most dedicated employee. Everyone
needs to step away from the workload and reenergize. Not doing so can lead to fatigue
and eventually less productivity. And much less worker satisfaction. Companies need to
be tolerant and even encourage some regular work breaks so that workers can be clear-headed
and rested throughout the day.
So what are the best ways to take a break? Here are some fun and creative ways to do just that.
Leave your workspace—your computer, desk and chair
Sometimes a change of scenery is all that’s needed to clear your head. Get up out of your
chair, walk away from the computer and the cube or office it’s in. Walk around the building,
get a snack, anything to remove you from your workspace.
Get outside—boost your vitamin D
Weather permitting, a trip outside to breath in some non-office air can be extremely refreshing.
Get in the sun and allow the Vitamin D to soak in. Vitamin D is associated with brain health,
reducing depression and much more.
If you work in an office, this might be your desk or cube space. If you work from home this
might be your entire office and surroundings. But if you’ve let papers pile up and food trash
hang around, a thorough cleaning can be energizing. Get your pens together, put away trash
and unnecessary items. Maybe find new inspirational messages to hang around. An excellent
reboot for your workspace and clears the mind too!
Put your head down and do nothing
This is the exact opposite of the suggestions above. This doesn’t mean sleep. Sleep in the
afternoon can be refreshing but it can also make you groggier than before. But closing your
door (if you can) or putting out the “Do Not Disturb” sign followed by 10-15 minutes of just
closing your eyes and breathing can do wonders.
Check In with a Family Member
Take a break and phone home. Call your spouse, children, parents, siblings or whoever you
might want to touch base with. Relate some funny stories or share some fond memories. Getting
your mind off work for a bit will help ease the stress and make the day go faster.
Read a Book
This may not seem like much of a break if you spend the day reading. But keeping a non-work
book at the office can help you escape for a few minutes by reading. Some science fiction,
fantasy, humor will help you decompress for a few minutes and relax.
Find some funny
Maybe you can’t get physically away from your computer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t
destress and relax. Check out The Oatmeal for some comic relief.
Boost your brain power
There are millions of online games out there, but will any actually make you smarter?
Check out Lumosity. This game is scientifically formulated to increase brain power which
has been known to lead to feeling younger!
Get the Office Involved
If you need a break, chances are someone else in your office does too. Send an email to
10 co-workers and ask them to “reply all” with their best joke. Winner gets coffee on you.
Look for Inspiration
If you can’t find motivation at work, try going and finding it. Ted Talks are an amazing
way to see how everyday people have transformed their lives with some amazing feat or some
deed impossibly small. Learn that there’s nothing you can’t do!
Do some writing
Yes, everyone says they can’t write. Except for the ones calling themselves a writer. This
writing may never see daylight but it’s worth it if it clears your head and gets some
problem in a better light.
Change Your Passwords
This may sound more anxiety producing than anxiety reducing. But it’s important to change
your passwords on a regular basis. It is best for your computer’s security and it will
help you maybe weed out some apps and websites you don’t need.
Do some Career Building
You may be perfectly happy at your job but things can change. Update your LinkedIn profile.
Give some colleagues recommendations while you’re there. Follow some influencers in your
chosen or desired profession.
Clean Up your Inbox
Most people innocently sign up for subscriptions to companies when they buy products. Before
they know it, their inbox is crammed full of unnecessary notes. Keep that in check by
unsubscribing to at least 10 sources. Then you and your inbox will feel they had input.
Office Chair Race
This is a hotly contested race form. Possibly requires approval from management or HR to
consider liability issues. But the name says it all about how fun it could be!
If these ideas didn’t spark some interest, hopefully they did juice up the imagination about other
ways you can unplug, relax and destress at work. It really is critical to performance and overall health. Enjoy!