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By Dr. Mona Eikel-Pohen and Dr. Martha Diede

When you've been on Zoom and need a break.

Brainbreaks:

Short breaks 

  • Close your eyes and just listen to the sounds around you.
  • Close your eyes and focus on what you feel on your skin.
  • Close your eyes and focus on what you smell right now.
  • Close your eyes and imagine your favorite smell.
  • Pick up an object near you and feel it for a moment, close your eyes.
  • Walk around your chair 3 times (if possible)
  • Finger / 2 sides of the brain exercises.
  • Dance party with camera on / off.
  • Massage your forehead for a moment.
  • Think of your favorite food / drink.
  • Assume a seated pigeon position or sit cross-legged in front of your screen for a zoom meeting.
  • Take off your shoes and socks for a moment.
  • 3 deep breaths in and out.
  • Rename yourself in Zoom after a person you look up to.
  • Look out of the window for a moment.
  • Close your eyes, and imagine your favorite natural view.

Longer breaks

  • Go for a walk in a wooded area. Move slowly. Note the smells; observe the leaves/needles.
  • Find a series of yoga stretches that you can do in your desk chair, and do them.
  • Look out the window for five minutes. Notice the changing light patterns.
  • Read a book you like, just for fun.
  • Watch a comedic film or episode. Allow yourself to laugh.

 

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