The brain is amazing! But it can be a bit monotonous. It is unable to focus on one thing for too long and can easily get tired and unfocused. Therefore your brain is in great need of regular relaxation to recover.
Short breaks, good sleep, and activation are needed to let your brain recharge its batteries.
In this article, we go through the brain's need for recovery, and how you can do it.
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A Stressed Brain Don’t Work Properly
A brain that is never allowed to rest will quickly become less productive than one that receives regular breaks.
The brain is also very vulnerable to stress and reacts both physically and mentally. It means that rest and recovery are extra important during hectic periods.
If you are stressed for a long time and rarely relax, the brain will continue to send out stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, even if you try to relax and unwind.
Your Brain Needs Balance
By creating a good balance between activity and recovery, you will be better equipped to cope with working at a high pace and stress, for a longer period, without being harmed.
5 Tips To Relax Your Brain
1. Take short breaks during your day
Take a short break or a micropause when you feel tired and lose your focus.
It may be enough to look out the window, put on some relaxing tunes, chat with a colleague or take a walk in the office.
It allows your head to relax, and it has time to recover for a while before it is time to work again.
2. Watch something relaxing
Start a video with some relaxing sounds or music to immerse yourself in for a while.
By looking at a forest walk or a waterfall, you don't need to think. You give your head a break.
By just letting go of your task at hand, looking at something relaxing, can clear your mind and make you feel energized.
We have a wide selection of both long and short videos for relaxation, on our youtube channel. ◳
3. Deep breathing exercises
Deep breathing is a technique for relaxation that gives your brain a needed break. But it can also help you cope with stress and at the same time provide you with numerous health benefits.
It triggers the release of endorphins, which improves feelings of well-being and provides pain-relief.
4. Make sure you sleep properly
When you sleep both the body and the brain get the recovery needed. Both physiological and biological, to help you with your everyday challenges.
Research shows that too little sleep ◳ increases the risk of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, depression, heart attack, and stroke.
Try to go to bed in time at night to give your brain and your body the recovery it needs.
5. Be active - get moving
Our brain is the organ that is most affected by physical activity and completely loves when we move.
When we exercise, our brain sends good signals to our body, such as calming oxytocin, serotonin, and the mood-boosting hormone dopamine.
A workout or a walk at lunch can make you come back to work both happier and more focused.
Conclusion: Don’t Forget To Take Care Of Your Brain
Your brain is tremendously important. You can't forget to take care of it every day! Micropauses, exercise, and sleep are what the brain loves.
With the right focus, anything is possible. So give your brain a break and feel the energy!