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post by Ludovico Sinz [Cane Rosso]
We all lead busy lives these days, and sometimes you can get to the end of the day and realise you’ve not had a minute to yourself, where you just take five and relax. But, actually, the more you work through the day without a break, the less productive you become. And that’s as relevant for someone sitting in an office working at a pc as it is for the mum who stays at home with the kids.
Everyone can benefit from a little downtime during the day, and if you manage to take a five minute break here and there, it can mean that you go back feeling refreshed and ready to carry on with things you have to get done.
So what’s the best way to get that little break? Here are a few ideas of how to take five without leaving the building.
Playing a game is always a great way to unwind, but you want to find one that won’t take a lot of time. A game like online bingo is ideal as it only takes a few minutes to play, and the bingo sites that you’ll find on the internet have games starting every couple of minutes, so it’s always available. If you sign up and play here you’ll see that there are different types of bingo games on every site – 75 ball, 80 ball and 90 ball are the most popular. The tickets and prize amounts vary from the games that are free to play through to games that cost 20p or 50p. Bingo’s always been a low stakes game, and that’s still the case now that you can play online. The simplicity of the game is very appealing if you’re looking for a break – in the online version you don’t even have to mark off the matching numbers as the software does this.
Another great game to use for those five minute breaks is a gaming app like Draw Something. We all love to doodle, but can you really be bothered to get the pens and paper out when you can just doodle on your tablet or phone? Or simply guess what other people have drawn. Playing on a drawing app gives you a little room for creativity – ideal if your work doesn’t!
Taking five minutes to catch up with a friend is a great way to maintain a friendship and give yourself a break from the daily routine. Actually phoning someone could stretch that five minute break into 20 or more, so if you want to just say hi, send them a message on email or social media instead. They get to hear how you are and know that you’re thinking of them, but it won’t take up too much of the day when you should be cracking on with work or the household chores.
Of course, we’re just scratching the surface here on ideas of how to take a break that only takes five minutes of your time. It doesn’t really matter how you spend the time – what’s more important is that you make sure to have regular breaks throughout the day. You’ll feel better for it and end up getting more things done!