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After a session of full concentration, I usually like to take a 5-10min break, usually take a coffee break, or go for a quick stroll around the office. I find that this allows my "batteries to be recharged" for the next session, but sometimes it does not get back to the same level as before. I do not expect it to until I get a full session of rest (sleep).

What can I do in the 5-10min break that will maximise the recharging of my batteries?

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closed as not constructive by Tom Wijsman, Dmitry Selitskiy, Mihai Oprea, Renan, newuser Jun 24 '11 at 13:50

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Vague question imo – Dmitry Selitskiy Jun 24 '11 at 12:25
@Dmitry: I find this question to be rather not constructive, as it will solicit polling for a list of what people do in their spare time, however this is not the expertise we are looking for. Other than that, it's also a bit along the lines of being bad subjective, as simple different people do different things to recharge and somethings are arguable better than others. I dislike coffee or going to fetch coffee, others dislike exercise, and so on... – Tom Wijsman Jun 24 '11 at 12:42
Well put Tom, agree – Dmitry Selitskiy Jun 24 '11 at 12:46
@tehnyit: Please note that on Stack Exchange we expect questions that are based on actual practical problems, so that they are constructive and lead towards a solution for that problem. You can however wait for the public beta to raise activity on our chat and then try to ask it there, or consult search engines with useful things to do in a pause. It's all personal anyway; for example, telling others to watch 2 cat videos on YouTube isn't going to help. Voting isn't about personal preferences... – Tom Wijsman Jun 24 '11 at 12:46
I would happily help to reopen your question if someone could restate it to be more about how to refresh rather than what actions to take. Majority indeed rules, but it works both way. We're not here to dumb individual question down, but rather to help improve the quality of the community so that we get constructive Q&As that are based of actual problems so that we can be really helpful. The problem is that we don't have edit rights so early on, and I personally feel that edit suggestions aren't feasible enough to wait for them being accepted instead of suggesting improvement right away. – Tom Wijsman Jun 24 '11 at 13:34

First rule of my breaks: take a moment to gaze away at the furthest point you can find (be it your room, out the window, in a mirror etc.) This rests my eyes while working on my computer.

Next I try to go and get a glass of water. This helps in two ways: it gets me off my chair and moving and it keeps me hydrated.

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