Whenever you dearly want to take a break from your regular work and unwind a bit, what do you do? You turn on that TV, power on your laptop for a movie or take a quick nap, maybe, since it is what the present-day tech-savvy generation does. If your definition of taking a break isn’t anything about taking a walk, laughing outside with colleagues, watching the sunset or doing anything that primarily involves outdoors, then you have been living a lie!
Nir Eyal who authored “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” is here with an eye-opening post on what many of us do all the time, wrongly. Breaks ought to be refreshing and energizing, and science even says so. Yet you are here, busy with Instagram in one hand and a packet of popcorns on the other.
Good breaks should break fatigue, boost brain function and reinvigorate the body
A break shouldn’t drain and deplete your brain, and that means it shouldn’t be something that involves your brain. He bases his thoughts on a neuroscientist and a psychologist who agree that no form of breaking should include using a smartphone to relax the mind. According to him, even that mere act of “repeatedly checking our phone,” what you have unknowingly done countless times since checking in to your office, is induced by what you do in the name of taking a break!
Want to take a break and unwind using some of the science-supported facts?
It’s effortless; go natural by taking a walk around your neighborhood or in the city, gaze at those fresh flowers around your patio or look at some photos of nature. You are encouraged to doodle and daydream too, or laugh out loud like a madman – it increases heart rate and respiration and removes tension. You may also head to the gym and lift those weights, dance at the local fitness center or go for a jog.
Science backs these suggestions
What the writer here does is, he doesn’t bombard your mind with half-truths and rumors without any factual research behind them. For every suggestion he makes, backs it up with an undisputed fact, generally using books written by distinguished persons. It is interesting that all the break ideas are doable and just need a few minutes of your time, yet their impact is profound.
The suitability of this post to what you could be craving to have right now also augurs well with your need for productivity after the break. If feel like glancing at that phone severally or tired mentally with zero creativity, go through it.
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