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Let's Get Physical

When you're physically moving, you're mentally grooving.

I was nicknamed "meerkat" because I would constantly pop up in my cubicle!

A couple of months ago, during a television binge (thanks Hulu!), a Target advertisement played repeatedly.

Surprisingly, I didn’t mind the commercial breaks, because I really liked the song – a cheerful, catchy tune that didn’t exactly match the doomsday vibe of the show I was watching.

Sorry, Target. Rather than head off to buy the featured goods, I went straight to iTunes to purchase the song.

Within minutes, I was having my own dance party to “Pop It” by Anamanaguchi. (And within minutes you can have yours too, because you can listen below.)
The song made me feel buoyant.I couldn’t help but get up and groove. I made up some new moves (and faces) and may have freaked out the cats, who were watching me apprehensively from the bed.
When I sat back down, I thought:
- “Damn, that was 4 minutes of cardio?! It felt more like 45.”
- "Look at those rosy cheeks! Never again will I go without blush if I don’t have a natural flush.”
- “I feel alive (a racing heart will do that), upbeat, and happy! Maybe I should take a break from watching Sleepy Hollow…”
Now, I did think all those things, but for the intents and purposes of this post, I have one point to make.
When we’re physically moving, we’re mentally grooving.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, lose focus, and strain the brain. When that happens, taking a quick break to move your body will do wonders for your creativity and concentration.
This doesn’t just apply to TV marathons. At work, many of us feel we can’t take a break. WRONG. Frequent breaks should be non-negotiable calendar items in our day, because they actually make us more productive. If you don’t believe me, try it.
Listening to music is a potent way to change your mood, and, depending on the song, reinvigorate yourself. Pick your own go-to song that snaps you out of a funk within the first few notes. (If you need help finding one, the 80s is a GREAT decade in which to start your search.)
When I worked at American Express, and wasn’t talking to somebody (possible!), I could often be found in my cube with my earbuds in, chair-dancing to the day’s go-to song on repeat.  
And when I really needed a break from the computer, my colleague Monica and I would take a few laps around the 34th floor, get a cup of water, and get back to it. We always felt a surge of energy after our walk-and-talks, at least enough to get us to our next interval!
I get that listening to music, taking dance breaks, and walking are not always feasible options, but at the very least, do your brain a favor and STAND UP!! Go one step further, if you can risk people seeing your arms over the cubicle wall, and lift them up over your head and stretch!
In the words of Olivia Newton-John, “Let’s Get Physical!” and take note of the incredible difference just a minute or two of movement can make for your mental state.
The video for that 1981 gem is below, by the way, and if you can make it past the first 15 seconds without your jaw dropping and your eyes bugging, I need to know. It’s absolutely cringeworthy!!

So, even though you feel you’ve got to keep your nose to the grindstone, or else, will you try this one day? For me? Pretty please?? I want you to feel better and know that this works.

If you already take frequent breaks, what are some of the things you do to reset? I’d love to know. Let me know in the comments.

And if you liked this, chances are someone you know might too, so please feel free to spread The Buzz. I’d “bee” ever so grateful!

Until next week…

Bee Buzzing,
Amy, The Queen Bee NYC

PS: If you're wondering why I have a picture of a meerkat, it's because I got that nickname at American Express for constantly popping up to stand in my cubicle!

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