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Better Than a Coffee Break?

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Written on 2020-03-25T11:15:12+00:00

Most of us swear by our coffee breaks to keep us productive through the day, with the morning cuppa we just can’t begin to function without and all the ones to follow.

While coffee has been shown to help us in terms of alertness and to focus on the task at hand, this hyper-focus makes us more rigid, restricting our problem-solving and multi-tasking abilities. Then comes the coffee crash, leaving us slower, exhausted and reaching for another cup.

Over time, this coffee habit builds into caffeine dependence, making it difficult to get any work done whatsoever before we’ve had our fix. Withdrawal shows up in the form of headaches, lethargy, severe exhaustion and occasionally, nausea, leaving us clutching our cliche of “Don’t talk to me till I’ve had my coffee”.

Meanwhile, there is an alternative worth considering. A meditation session as brief as 10 minutes has been found to boost focus and cognitive ability. It leaves us refreshed, calm, with better stress handling capacity and an improved capability to juggle multiple responsibilities, though perhaps not quite as hyperactive as after our caffeine dose. It has even been found to reduce mistakes, making us less prone to change blindness. Moreover, there is no crash to follow, no dependence and no side effects.

According to studies, office workers spend an average of 24 minutes a day on coffee breaks. Only leaves us to wonder, if we weaned off the coffee and tried meditating instead, how much smoother would the day go?

A quick meditation session might just be better than a coffee break.

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Better Than a Coffee Break?

Article by
Written on 2020-03-25T11:15:12+00:00

Most of us swear by our coffee breaks to keep us productive through the day, with the morning cuppa we just can’t begin to function without and all the ones to follow.

While coffee has been shown to help us in terms of alertness and to focus on the task at hand, this hyper-focus makes us more rigid, restricting our problem-solving and multi-tasking abilities. Then comes the coffee crash, leaving us slower, exhausted and reaching for another cup.

Over time, this coffee habit builds into caffeine dependence, making it difficult to get any work done whatsoever before we’ve had our fix. Withdrawal shows up in the form of headaches, lethargy, severe exhaustion and occasionally, nausea, leaving us clutching our cliche of “Don’t talk to me till I’ve had my coffee”.

Meanwhile, there is an alternative worth considering. A meditation session as brief as 10 minutes has been found to boost focus and cognitive ability. It leaves us refreshed, calm, with better stress handling capacity and an improved capability to juggle multiple responsibilities, though perhaps not quite as hyperactive as after our caffeine dose. It has even been found to reduce mistakes, making us less prone to change blindness. Moreover, there is no crash to follow, no dependence and no side effects.

According to studies, office workers spend an average of 24 minutes a day on coffee breaks. Only leaves us to wonder, if we weaned off the coffee and tried meditating instead, how much smoother would the day go?

A quick meditation session might just be better than a coffee break.

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Beating the Covid-19 blues: Using routines to re-establish a sense of control

Covid-19 has become a great disruptor of routine in our lives. Here’s how we can combat these daily stressors.

Work from home: Communicating boundaries with your family

We now sit with one eye on the screen and the other on a child or a parent nearby. Over the past few months, we’ve realised work from home brings with it its own set of unique challenges.

Why are influential personalities embracing meditation?

Influential people around the globe aren’t new to the concept of mindfulness, hear from the experts themselves.

Beating the Covid-19 blues: Using routines to re-establish a sense of control

Covid-19 has become a great disruptor of routine in our lives. Here’s how we can combat these daily stressors.

Work from home: Communicating boundaries with your family

We now sit with one eye on the screen and the other on a child or a parent nearby. Over the past few months, we’ve realised work from home brings with it its own set of unique challenges.

Why are influential personalities embracing meditation?

Influential people around the globe aren’t new to the concept of mindfulness, hear from the experts themselves.