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You’ve Been Taking Breaks All Wrong. Here’s How To Do It Right.

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The tittle betrays everything I talk about on a daily basis with patients, friends and even those few family members who are willing to listen to the old-man philosopher.  Nothing is right or wrong I like to say.  Suspend judgement, know your intent, be deliberate and above all move away from even using the words, “right” and “wrong”.

This tittle I swiped from the Huffington Post.  If you would like to read the entire link click on below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/19/youve-been-taking-breaks-_n_4453448.html?ir=Healthy%20Living&utm_campaign=121913&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-healthy-living&utm_content=Title

Here are a few snippets from the article that i strongly advocate:

2008 University of Illinois study found that the brain’s attentional resources drop after a long period of focusing on a single task, decreasing our focus and hindering performance. But even brief diversions, the study found, could significantly increase one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods of time………

There’s no way to perform at your highest level without allowing time for rest.

The article goes on to describe seven ways of taking a better break.  My favorite is the one I copied below.  Thanks for reading

Make it a mindful break.

meditation

The most effective breaks are those that involve calming the mind through practices like deep breathing, meditation or yoga (mindful movement), which allow for maximum renewal in minimum time. Meditation and deep breathing can be particularly effective in relieving stress.

You may not notice a difference immediately, but research has shown that over time, cultivating mindfulness is correlated with lower cortisol levels. Plus, practicing meditation could boost your creativity and compassion.

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Author: aldussault

I am an artist, photographer, watercolorist, and primarily a modern psychoanalyst. I blog about politics and consciousness as well as create digital fine art photos of my pen & inks and my water colorings. My hobby is studying piano.

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