Is Relaxing The Key to Productivity at Work?

'Worklaxing' is trending. Employees worldwide are sharing post about relaxing and working at the same time. Whether at the beach, the cafe or hairdressers it seems that taking time to relax and work is gathering momentum with millenial's.

So, just how important is it to relax at work, and does it lead to higher productivity? Is doing less is the way to get more done?

When relaxed, you breathe easier and deeper and blood flow increases around the body. Deep breathing sends a message to the brain to relax and in turn you feel more energised, a calmer mind and greater clarity when making decisions.

So, it makes sense that being relaxed at work can help to be more productive. However not all of us can get to work from other locations and so we bring you ways to relax your mind when at work.

How to relax your mind when at work:

  • Reduce mind wandering: Shift your attention to breathing, by returning to the breath throughout the day will help you focus and make you less likely to be distracted.

  • Prevent irritations: Listen, but do not become involved in the problems of others. Not forming an opinion or concerning yourself with office politics allows for improved reasoning.

  • Stay energised: Too tense and uptight to work, then take a break, allow yourself time to breathe and unwind. Go to a quiet place and try a body scan.

  • Get better at problem solving: Try Visualisation techniques, allowing your mind to visit the problem and scope out possible solutions. More freely and without judgment.

  • Reduce frustrations: Music therapy is the perfect way to feel soothed; a slow tempo relaxes the mind appreciating the natural flow of development rather than forcing things.

  • Avoid stress: Being stressed is counter-productive because the brain secretes hormones such as cortisol; which can reduce our ability to focus on the task in hand.

Five steps to become more productive:

  • Take a break: Taking a break every 90 minutes will reduce burnout, eye strain, and allow you to stay more motivated throughout the day.

  • Concentrate in blocks: Planning specific times to work hard may help you to stay engaged during the day. Block out distractions for 90 minutes and  reward yourself with 15-30 minute breaks after an intense work session. Go for a walk, exercise, or practice mindfulness; this will allow you to go back to your work feeling refreshed.

  • Reduce the number of working hours: Is it possible to work less and accomplish more? It's not the number of hours we sit at a desk that generates the quality of output. Maintaining physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy by not over committing to intense workloads but to a more rhythmical flow of work throughout the day will achieve higher results.

  • Taking leave is essential – this will recharge your batteries and increase productivity. Taking time off will boost your physical and mental health, plus it will lead you to a clearer mind. Holidays may contribute to your work satisfaction and co-operation with fellow employees by feeling more connected at work when you return. Employees who do not take leave are more susceptible to illness and time off.

  • Importance of a good night's sleep – Sleep loss can have a significant impact on work performance and could even be dangerous in some jobs. Sleep removes toxins from your brain and body that accumulate while you're awake. We need approximately 8 hours of sleep to be at our most productive. Try to stop the intake of caffeine after lunch and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Moderate exercise (but not last thing at night) will encourage more restful sleep. As you start to wind down in the evening, shut down any screens-phones or laptops at least 1-2 hours before bed.

It seems the higher the demand for performance, requires the greater need for replenishing. The importance of restoration is rooted in physiology. The cycle patterns of alertness are approximately every 90 minutes

So, remember to maximise gains you need to avoid exhaustion.