Ever wish you could hit the reset button on your brain the way you do when you reboot your computer? It’s not only possible; it should be a regular part of your day.
As an entrepreneur, it’s important to take care of yourself. If you aren’t at your best, the people you serve and the people who work for you can’t be at their best either.
Build specific moments into your day to step away and clear your mind. Here are five quick things you can do to refresh your focus.
1. Take a walk outside
When you sit still, your body systems are at rest. Moving your body helps wake up your mitochondria, the part of your cells that generate energy.
Taking a brisk walk several times per week can make your mitochondria double in size, which helps the body produce more energy. The combination of fresh air and exercise also stimulates blood flow to the brain so you can regain clarity and focus.
If you’re stuck on a problem or are having difficulty thinking creatively, getting up and walking around can give you a completely different perspective. And if you can’t get outside for a walk, do a lap or two around the office or even stretch at your desk. Just moving your body helps.
2. Drink a glass of water
Most people are chronically dehydrated and studies show dehydration can slow down brain function. If you find you’re lacking focus, taking a break for a glass of water can perk you up just like watering a plant. Try and consume eight glasses of water per day, or a glass for every ten kgs.
3. Breathe in or diffuse lemon essential oil
Keep a small bottle of lemon essential oil at your desk and inhale it from the bottle or add a drop to a cotton ball. This will naturally refocus your mind. Citrus or spicy scents stimulate the nervous system and reenergise you. Eucalyptus and rosemary can have a similar effect.
4. Eat something healthy
A healthy snack can stabilise blood sugar, stave off hunger pangs and assist with healthy brain function. Keep trail mix, nuts, seeds and dried fruit in your desk. Other healthy snacks include a piece of whole grain toast with avocado, celery sticks and nut butter.
The snack should have protein and carbohydrates, which will help balance your blood sugar. Foods that are high in sugar will cause a quick spike and drop in your blood sugar. This will create a cycle of feeling energised and then tired, which is draining over the course of the day.
5. Take a nap
When you’re your own boss, a quick nap is something you can schedule into your day. A 20-minute nap provides significant benefits for improved alertness and performance.
While research shows that it can refresh the mind and boost creativity, you shouldn’t let yourself snooze longer. If you sleep longer than 20 minutes, you’ll wake up groggy. If you are constantly needing a nap, though, it’s time to get more sleep at night.