Identify moments of micro-rest, which can be as short as one minute, and use them more effectively by stretching or practicing deep breathing. Studies have shown that slowing down to breathe deeply relieves stress and gives us energy.
How to do it
Have a free minute in between meetings? Rather than refresh your inbox again (what tasks will you actually accomplish in a minute?), slowly inhale and exhale for equal counts.
If you’re heads down on a project, set a timer to take 60 seconds every 60 minutes to stretch, walk around the office, or even do some jumping jacks to increase your heartrate.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS