Hey you! I know you are busy. You don’t want to be disturbed and probably don’t have time to read further. But maybe it’s better that you do. Stop! And take a mini-break. Read this short article, it’s only a few minutes of your life, get inspired and take some action.
We live in a society that is constantly busy. There are stimuli everywhere. We are always online and available. We are always on and never off. We are running around like crazy and are completely lost. We have lost contact with our inner selves and nature. But this lifestyle causes stress and health issues.
Modern society has given us many benefits. Most of us are safe, we have the basics that we need to stay alive and even much more than that. We have the possibility to choose and we have more possibilities than ever. We can contact someone on the other side of the world. We can work remotely. We can buy things from all over the world.
But most of us have problems with focus. Because we are used to multitasking and get small bites of everything that passes our lives. We are not used to focusing on only one thing at the time, without any disturbance. Some even say the human attention span is shorter than the one of a goldfish. No offence to the fish of course, but what does it say about humans?
You probably think you don’t have time for a break. But taking breaks is necessary. It has a positive impact on our wellbeing and productivity, it also reduces stress, it fuels your creativity, improves your memory and improves your physical and mental health for example.
So what can we do to improve our focus and get a healthier life? Reduce the breaks where you use social media, read news articles, watch videos and shop online. It’s important that you give your mind the chance to relax. Give the thinking mind a break.
I would like to share some examples of effective mini-breaks:
- Stare out of a window and just watch. Without judgement or thoughts, just observe.
- Read a page of a book. Choose a story, not a difficult piece of text.
- Drink a cup of tea. Not at your desk, but go sitting somewhere else. Where you can really taste the tea and feel the warmth of the drink.
- Focus on your breath. Sit in a comfortable position and just focus on your breath. Feel your lungs and belly expand. Breathe in, breathe out.
- Do some meditation. Sit on a pillow in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Use an app like Headspace if you need guided meditation. Set a timer and start.
- Take a walk. Go outside and move. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do some stretching. Downward-facing-dog, star pose or a forward fold.
- Train your core. Grab a mat, set a timer for 10 minutes, turn on some music and do some core exercises. Let’s do this!
- Take a shower and feel refreshed.
- Write a poem. Don’t think too much, but just feel.
- Make a doodle. Buy a notebook and just start to draw. Don’t think too much about what it has to look like, but just connect with your inner self and feel. It is not about the result, but about the process.
What is your favourite mini-break? What would you add to this list?