Take a break…What does that even mean these days? Life gets so busy that taking a break almost seems impossible. Some companies will allow for a 15- minute break, twice per shift, but most people work straight through those breaks and forget to even get up from their workspace; Thus, resulting in burn-out, stress, and mental fatigue.
Taking a break for your emotional well-being is incredibly important. Regardless if you work full-time or not, these 3 healthy activities will help you take-a-break from your day, your life, or your workweek to clear your mental clutter, and stress. And help you seek mental solitude for a few minutes each day. To start, take 10-minutes out of your day and pick one take-a-break activity listed below. By doing these activities daily, you will start to form the habit of taking a necessary break for your emotional well-being.
Here Are 3 Take a Break Activities for Your Emotional Well-Being
1. The Creativity Break
This is a fun one to tap into your creative side. Have you ever challenged yourself to finish a puzzle? Puzzles are an excellent way to forget about life for the time being and let your brain focus on finding the pieces to complete the puzzle. Jigsaw puzzles not only improve your reasoning skills, but they are known to reinforce brain cell connections, improve mental speed, and improve short-term memory.
Yes, puzzles are good for the brain! Even Bill Gates, one of the smartest individuals on the planet is a self-proclaimed “avid puzzler”. Working on puzzles is also a form of meditation and relieves stress. By focusing on putting together and finishing a puzzle, you reap the same benefits as if you were meditating. This is because your life is in a sense of peace and the stress slowly evaporates to a peaceful state.
Along with puzzles, adult coloring books let your brain focus the same way and help relieve stress. Yes, adult coloring books are real and very stimulating. If you want to sneak in family time, there are extra-large coloring sheets available online. You can place the extra-large coloring sheets on your kitchen counter and the entire family can enjoy coloring together.
You can also doodle and create your own fun doodling designs. Another fun creative activity is designing a vision board. You can find old magazines and cut out photos of your dreams to be manifested.
Lastly, you can write a note of encouragement to someone, or pick up a non-work-related book to read. Reading is very good for your brain development. You can read anything you enjoy, as long as it helps with your emotional well-being.
2. The Exercise Break
Go for a walk and get some fresh air. There is nothing like the feeling of being one with nature. Try taking off your shoes and stepping on the grass with bare feet. If you live near a beach, let your feet sink into the sand.
The fresh air alone is beneficial to your health. So, sneaking in some time to take a walk to break up your day is key to relieving stress. If you never exercise, just start by going outside for 10 minutes and practicing your breathing exercises. Then, increase that time to walking down the street and back. Starting slow is key and it will keep you motivated. You can also do some exercises at your workstation. The point is, get up and get moving!
3. The Mindfulness Break
Did you know that negative thoughts can cause suffering? If you’re not careful with your own negative thoughts, you can cause a build-up of negative energy inside your body. If you consistently put yourself in negative situations or interact with negative people, you can get caught in the negativity. This can cause stress and emotional imbalance.
Your thoughts can be very compelling. However, awareness protects you from your negative thoughts. Choose peace and happiness over negativity by practicing mindfulness techniques to reduce negative energy, and enhance happiness.
You can practice mindfulness anywhere. All it takes is one minute of mindful breathing, mindful awareness, and mindful appreciation. When life gets stressful, and you feel down or depressed, taking a mindfulness break is beneficial to your emotional well-being.
You can take a mindfulness break at your workspace. Alternatively, if you need to just get away for a few minutes, you can go outside and breathe the fresh air to clear your mind of negativity and stress.
To get started, try this one-minute mindfulness exercise:
- Close your eyes, and start to feel the physical sensation of your breath.
- When your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to your breathing. It can be helpful to practice this part using guided visual imagery, such as visualizing yourself in a calm peaceful place.
- Observe your thoughts and how you’re feeling and bring your attention to those emotions.
- Focus on the present moment, not the past or future, only the now.
- End this exercise by bringing your attention to something or someone that you’re grateful for. Visualize giving thanks to this person or thing in your mind, and show it gratitude.
Along with mindfulness meditation, starting a mindfulness journal to record your accomplishments, or making a list of things you’re grateful for can be very therapeutic.
You can also use this mindfulness journal to manifest your dreams. Have you dreamed of having a better job? Do you dream of making additional income to reduce financial stress in your life? Take-a-break and try manifesting these dreams in a journal.
Start by purchasing an inexpensive journal, and use it only for manifesting your dreams. Write a detailed dream or desire with specifics, and start by thanking the universe for this manifestation.
For example, “Thank you for my new position with my company, which will bring in additional income, so I can pay off the financial debt that is burying me. Thank you for removing the cloud of poverty off me, so I can live in abundance and be a financial blessing to others.”
Write out your detailed manifestation in your journal three times, nine times per day- morning, noon, and night. Try it out and see if this works for you. If it’s meant to be and the universe aligns with your manifestation, you will see it come to fruition. If you don’t see any changes in your life, try writing your manifestation a different way, or with more detail.
Life can get very stressful at times and blow you around to the point where you don’t know which way to go. Taking the time to “take-a-break” from your daily routine, and taking a break from your life in a sense, for at least 10 minutes to practice these activities, can significantly improve your emotional health and well-being.