This is a huge benefit for anyone looking to increase their productivity at work or with any hobbies they're passionate about.
Believe it or not, the brain is by far the most energy-intensive organ in the body. Although it only makes up around 2% of the body's total mass, the brain saps a whopping 20% of the body's energy on average!
Your brain works hard, especially when doing a challenging activity that requires tireless engagement and prolonged periods of mental activity. Just like any other muscle in your body, your brain needs breaks.
A study conducted by the University of Canterbury (Helton, Russell) suggests that these mental breaks help restore something called mental vigilance, or in other words the ability to maintain concentrated attention and peak performance over long periods of time.
As a general rule for maximum productivity and concentration, take a 5 minute break after every 25 minutes of work or a 10 minute break after every 50 minutes of work.
Small, workspace-friendly aquariums are a great way to take these mental breaks whenever you begin to feel mentally fatigued after hours of prolonged work. They can be set up easily on any flat, sturdy desk so you can take a quick, relaxing break right from your chair.
Viewing an aquarium at work also has the added benefit of being a static focus activity meaning that the task doesn't change abruptly from one thing to another, putting the mind into a calm, meditative state.
This is contrasted from how most people take breaks at work doing things like browsing social media, watching videos online, or texting multiple people at once which are all active focus activities. These kind of activities require the mind to flip focus very rapidly between different posts, screens, or topics. This can actually further agitate and stress the mind and make focusing even more difficult than before the break.
Aquarium viewing can also be useful before starting an activity that requires a lot of focus and concentration, such as athletic activities, creative writing, playing music, sewing, chess playing, or whatever it is that you do!
This is because an aquarium engages multiple senses like sight for viewing and hearing when listening to the running water sound of the filter. Multiple sense engagement quiets your mind from any excessive thinking, which frees it up to think about what you are doing.
A quiet mind works faster and is more creative than an overactive mind. Not to mention it makes the activity much more enjoyable when you are fully focused on it!