Don’t waste your breaks…

I don’t know about you, but often, when I get a 5-minute break in my  work schedule, I quickly switch over to paying bill or checking up on my personal life – probably still in front of a computer or smartphone!

This article, on Huffington Post, lists 25 ways to get more out of a 5 minute break! I need to follow #1, and will try all of these during the next week or two.

Whether you work from home, in a cubicle, or at a call center, you are likely take a few breaks during the day (rare though they may be). They may be so short and fleeting, in fact, that you’re tempted to let them pass by altogether.

Don’t do this. Why? Because there’s a lot that happens, and can happen, in the short, sweet span of a five-minute break: You can stretch your body, shift your mood, have a laugh, take a few deep breaths, or change your perspective (by looking somewhere besides your screen). The benefits of this brief respite go beyond the chance to flip through Facebook (again). Instead, you can use it to recharge your batteries, reduce the negative effects of stress, and reconnect to your sense of wellbeing.

Read on for a sample of the 25 ways…

So plan one or two of these – write them somewhere to remind you not to ignore your next 5 minutes of free time!!

  1. Take a tech-free break. Lift your eyes off your screen(s) and check out the scene around you. Just changing your field of vision gives your brain a chance to recharge.
  2. Find a quiet corner, close your eyes, and breathe in for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven, and exhale completely to a count of eight.
  3. Step outside and let the sun shine on your face, arms, back, or legs (sans sunscreen). The vitamin D boost is good in the moment and over time.
  4. Send a video message. Yes–you can use tech to create something meaningful. Forget text: Film yourself delivering a 30 second message, telling an audience of one how much you appreciate him or her.
  5. Surprise one friend with an actual phone call. No answer? Leave a fun message.

For the other 20 suggestions, read the article on

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