•   Jan Mechtel
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Artwork by Guilherme Marconi

With the amount of work that most business people or creative types do these days, it’s no wonder that our brains start to get tired at some point. Luckily, there are easy ways to keep our brain active and charged up, so that we can always perform at our best – or at least something close to it. Start to wake up your brain through these basic steps:

1. Do not multitask

Neuroscientists and psychologists have shown that our brains are actually incapable of doing more than one thing at a time. When we multitask, we are actually switching back and forth between several things, not working on all of them at once. This is something like changing the lighting every second so that our eyes have to keep adjusting; they will get tired pretty quickly. Focus on one thing to do and you will find yourself becoming more efficient and staying alert for longer.

2. Take thought breaks

Every 20 minutes or so, take your mind off of the task at hand. It can be something as simple as getting a drink of water or sharpening your pencil. Check your calendar or look out the window. It doesn’t have to be long, but you will find these short breaks can really enhance your focus when you get back to the job at hand. Every hour and a half merits a longer ten minute relaxation break, where you will not only focus on something different, but actually let your mind wander. Read some fiction or poetry, or even just close your eyes for a moment.

3. Go on vacation

The best vacations for your brain can be some of the most physically taxing, such as biking or kayaking. These activities force you to forget about work for the duration of your trip, so that you can come back fully refreshed. Even doing something like taking a dance class or roller blading for half an hour on a regular basis will help give your mind a true break.

4. Meditate, draw, breathe

Any activity that is relaxing and stimulating at the same time will help your brain. All of these activities stimulate creativity and brain functioning, and some sources even say meditation can increase IQ. Deep breathing sends more oxygen and blood to the brain, and this is something you can do while you work to keep your brain well fed. Keeping your brain active and alert is sure to boost your performance at work. But it gets even better: you will probably find yourself enjoying your day more, too.

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