Stand Up For Your LIFE!
Go ahead and stand up. (Yes, right now.)
For the remainder of this PST go ahead and walk in place. Heck, break into a jog if you’re feeling ambitious! Read while you are moving. Ready?
These gentle mental ping reminders are what keep us alert and focused and sometimes they even save our life. Like now.
We’re sitting – BUT working. We’re planning, searching, scrolling and typing. All good things – until they aren’t.
Taking a break isn’t a luxury for the chosen few. It’s an oxygen mask for every passenger. When you don’t take a break and decide to “plow through”, you’re not only frying your brain but actually knocking years off of your life. Yes. Years.
Anyone who has heard that “sitting is the new smoking” is in the know of what has turned into our latest addiction: the screen.
The one major difference is that breaking the habit of sitting for hours on end can be reversed in a second: stand up. That’s all you have to do. Then commit to a measly five minutes to move around. Don’t have five minutes? Then make a note to self to figure out how to get five minutes. If you’re really dedicating yourself push that to 5 minutes every other or even every hour.
Think of it like this: If you are able to have a focused and clear 55 minutes per hour vs 20 minutes of semi-focus per hour which would you choose? No-brainer, right?
Take the break!
Need a tip? Drink more water.
Boring advice? Too bad.
I may have just saved your life. (Apology accepted.)
Drinking more water = more bathroom breaks = less desk sitting, scrolling, slumping, slouching and swearing.
Need more convincing? Fantastic! I love the hard sell:
1. We all need water to live. Pure and simple. Don’t believe me? Let’s break it down
2. It keeps us more alert and less groggy which means a more engaged, friendly and focused YOU!
Consider yourself a waterphobe? Here’s a list of ways to jazz up your glass. Your taste buds will thank you!
This whole thing may sound incredibly counterproductive. You may be thinking More water will break my concentration if I have to get up every second to go to the bathroom or More water means I’ll be spending more time at the water cooler instead of getting work done.
To that I will say: breaks create a chance for your ideas to flourish. That problem that you are stumped on? That cover letter you’re dreading? The grant proposal you’ve been procrastinating? The right words, ideas and solutions will surface when you get up and break away from the grasp of the chair clutches. The power of your subconscious mind says so!
Need a reminder? There’s an app for that! Shocking, I know.
If all else fails, a designated office corner of hula hoops, jump ropes and masking taped floor hop scotch will do the trick.
Because, really… who doesn’t love recess?
“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.”
— Louisa May Alcott