6 Hacks To Kickstart Your Creativity And Brainpower When You’re Feeling Sluggish


Hasan Variawa |

All you need is a time out

Taking a break from the stresses of daily life can reboot your brain and leave you with with a brand new outlook—even after a long day at the office. Consider these tips from our book, Peak Performance, to increase your creativity and brainpower in just a few short steps. All you need is a time out.

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1. TAKE A BREAK
Have the courage to takes breaks throughout the day, especially when you are stuck or feeling unbearable stress; the more intense the work, the more frequent the breaks.

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2. GO ON A WALK
Take a walk lasting at least 6 minutes to increase creativity and decrease the ill effects of sitting (and enjoy these other benefits of talking a daily walking break). If you can, walk outdoors, but even taking a few laps around the office provides big benefits.

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3. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GREEN SPACE
Being in nature, or even just looking at pictures of nature, helps with the transition from stress to rest and promotes creative thinking. In fact, surrounding yourself in green space is one of many ways to naturally relieve your anxiety.

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4. ZEN OUT
Begin with a few mindful breaths, focusing only on the breath (try this belly breathing exercise for beginners). Then, consider shifting to open-monitoring meditation, scanning your body and shifting your awareness to all of its sensations.

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5. INDULGE IN A NAP
When we take short naps, the part of our brain that is always on when we are awake has the opportunity to take a break. Even if you don’t actually experience the sensation of falling asleep, simply closing your eyes can help switch your active brain off, allowing it to recover. Keep your naps to less than 30 minutes to avoid the groggy feeling later.

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6. HANG OUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS
At the end of hard work—be it with your body or your mind—surrounding yourself with friends in a laid-back environment fundamentally alters your biology from stress to rest.

Originally published on menshealth.com

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