If you are in a creative profession (or probably any profession, actually), you know how tough it can be to keep up your creative mojo (or just stay focused) for 8-10 hours a day. And why should you? Procrastination can be your friend. My best advice: don't push it. If you feel like you need a break, take it...you'll be faster and more productive when you get back.
Here's 9 healthy ways to procrastinate and give ur brain a refresh when it's wigging out:
Take a 15-30 min nap – I take a nap almost every single day. FO. REALS. A quick power nap and I feel SOOOO refreshed, can solve problems faster and am ready to take on a whole new slew of projects. It's science, ppl.
Walk outside – There's just something about getting out in nature that energizes the soul. The smell of fresh air, the sounds of leaves rustling and birds chirping, looking at people that walk by...you know, it's always interesting out there. And look! I just found some science to back it up: moving your body is proven to give you energy!
Do some yoga or stretching – Speaking of moving your body and refreshing your mind, sometimes a little yoga or light stretching will do the trick! My yoga mat is right beside my desk so in my mind, I do this regularly xD.
Play with your dog (or cat or hamster...) – Take a few minutes to give your furry/scaly/feathery friend some attention. They will love you even more, and you'll get a boost of oxytocin coursing through your veins :)
Listen to music and stare out the window – Studies show that there's actually a link between boredom and creativity! So let yourself zone out and find me on Spotify. Bonus points if you send me ur new fav song.
Draw / paint / do something with your hands – Using your hands to create or do something (even if it's weeding the garden) can be relaxing and inspiring at the same time. It lets your brain subconsciously solve problems in the background so that when you come back to it, you feel like you had an epiphany. You SO did.
Check out inspiration machines (Pinterest, Instagram, etc.) – There's a reason all of us designers are obsessed with these websites. Endless inspiration! Take a few minutes and peruse your feed...or make yet another board to add to your 300 board collection.
Don’t look at Facebook(if you can help it!) – Facebook will prob be successful at distracting you from your creative block, but usually in a bad way. It will rarely inspire or rejuvenate you. Don't believe me? Check out this article from Computers in Human Behavior.
Switch to a different project – If I've been working on a project for a few hours, I'll go outside and take a few photos or just switch to a totally different project. The change in thinking often refreshes me for the original project I was working on!