If your job leaves your stomach in knots, it’s time to take a break. Thankfully, there are many ways that you can distract yourself even while you’re on the clock. Here are just five suggestions for passing the time at work.
Fidget toys are like multi-functional stress balls. In fact, some of them even come with things to squeeze if you find yourself feeling upset or aggravated. Other fidget toys might offer beads, buttons, tassels or levers that you can roll, twist, push or pop. There are literally hundreds of varieties out there, so feel free to experiment until you find something that works for you.
Pin boards can be used to create everything from grocery lists to fashion collages, and they’re a great way to keep yourself entertained at work. Not only will they provide a distraction from whatever is bringing you down, but they’ll also help you get into a focused and organized head space. You can build up a productive energy working on your pin boards that you later channel into your job.
Podcasts are a great way to stay entertained in bite-sized chunks. While audiobooks and radio broadcasts can take up your entire work day, podcasts can be consumed whenever you’re on break or at lunch. They also cover every topic under the sun, so whether you’re interested in movie reviews, history lessons, health tips or true crime anthologies, you can find something that interests you. There are even positive podcasts designed specifically to get you through difficult days.
If you can get the go-ahead from your boss to listen to music while you work, it can make all of the difference in your job performance. Studies have shown that a good tune can actually increase the cognitive function of your brain, especially when it comes to repetitive tasks. If you spend a lot of time checking numbers or correcting reports, a playlist might be just what you need to boost your efficiency.
Digital Games and Apps
You’re probably familiar with certain candy-crushing apps that have taken the world by storm, but there are many other digital games that can be played on phones, tablets and computers. You just have to find something that engages you without enraging you. For example, choose a game where you can “pop” virtual bubble wrap or swim through the ocean as a dolphin. It’ll work as both entertainment and a stress reliever.