The title itself gives some people the jitters. I know it used to definitely do that to me until I discovered the art of micro “time outs”. So let’s start with the research. According to an article in Forbes magazine “The 10-minute nap produced immediate improvements in all outcome measures (including sleep latency, subjective sleepiness, fatigue, vigour, and cognitive performance), with some of these benefits maintained for as long as 155 minutes”.
I mean who would have thought right? I think the oldies had the right idea of the afternoon siesta but how do you do that at work….right? I get it it’s tough but how about if you could take 10 minutes and you got back up to 155 minutes of productivity the ROI is huge when you look at it that way.
Now I understand that it’s even tough to find ten minutes, I mean heck we are always flat out trying to jam in every little second into the day and to be honest of your like me and the majority of business owners there’s never enough time in one day let alone when it’s super busy. So I have come up with the 2-minute “shut eye” power charges.
This is where at least 4 times per day you close your eyes take a few deep breaths and open your jaw and mentally think about your happy place and think about gratitude. Let me break down the formula for you
Eye’s closed – This begins the hormonal exchange of Melatonin ( the bodies natural relaxant)
Large breathes – Fills the lungs full of oxygen and enhances blood flow to the brain PLUS the exhaling removes toxicity and relaxes the body.
Dropping the Jaw – this releases the tension in the mandible and lets the entire upper torso relax and allows for better nervous system circulation.
Mental Visualisation – Taking your mind off the job for 2 minutes can give you the sense of happiness especially due to the power of visualisation. Having a happy place that projects you away and gives you a sense of calm is super powerful
The key here is to do it on a regular basis. remember 4 X per day os only 8 minutes and surely you can find 8 minutes in an 8 – 10 hr work day. Have fun and measure your progress. A great way to do this is by writing down your tension levels on a scale of 1-5, 5 being high every time you do this. I know with regular shut-eye power charges you’ll feel a whole lot better and most importantly increase your productivity and output.