Studies have shown that taking even a ten second break in a stressful situation or in the hectic rush of everyday life can make a big difference in your health. A minibreak can help lower your blood pressure, relieve tension, and ease other triggers that contribute to heart disease.
Need some ideas for a minibreak? Whether you’ve only got ten seconds or you can spare five or ten minutes, here are some minibreak suggestions to get you started. Feel free to add to the list!
- Read or write a positive, loving email to a friend or loved one.
- Take a walk around the office or around the block (if you have time).
- Do some gentle stretches — stretch your arms up towards the ceiling, then bend at the waist and stretch for your toes. Roll slowly up your spine while counting to eight.
- Browse the sale section at your favorite clothing website.
- Look at some pictures of your family, friends, or pets. Start with the pictures here at Families.com!
- Stop and smell the roses. Literally! Or the daisies, or the mums, or whatever flowers you find. No flowers around? Open the window and take a deep breath of fresh air.
- Turn off the lights (if you can), close your eyes, and do some slow, deep breathing.
- Put on your favorite song and dance! My coworkers at the radio station used to declare a dance break any time a particular favorite song came on.
- Open a magazine (not work related!) and read an article.
- Cuddle your dog or cat.
- Have a quick play break with your kids.
- Grab the lotion and give yourself a quick hand or foot rub.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Visit a website like Cute Overload or Stuff on My Cat for a cuteness break!
- Play a quick, free game online or on your computer.