11 Healthy Ways to Give Your Mind a Break
Updated: Aug 9
I’m going to start out by saying one thing: breaks are necessary.
I won’t lie, I absolutely hate taking breaks. I feel like I’m being lazy and not reaching my full potential for the day - but that’s not true.
I have to teach myself to think about it like this.. Working hard all the time drains you, mentally and physically. So, you're presented with a choice: Constantly work at a 30-50% capacity all the time, or work at 100% capacity with included resting breaks.
As Dave Hollis would say, you have to pour into yourself to be able to pour into others.
So, here are my ideas to give yourself that break!
Listen to good music. I usually choose to listen to calming music when I want to give my mind a break, but if you’re dead set on blasting the rap music.. Do your thing. Just make sure you’re focusing on feeling free and relaxed while enjoying the music.
Find somewhere to sit and relax. This will obviously depend on where you live, but some of my main places to go include the beach, pool, or park. If you don’t have those in your area, you can just set out a lawn chair or hang up an ENO in the backyard. Get some sunshine and chill, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
Watch TV/Netflix/YouTube. I definitely don’t condone this for long periods of time, but if you just need a day to binge a good show or you need an hour of TV after work - that’s healthy and understandable.
Get some exercise in. Exercise is one of my favorite ways to clear my mind. If I’ve had a really bad day or I’m angry about something - that’s my number one go-to. I grab my headphones, blast some music, and start running to relieve the stress. Obviously, this doesn’t only apply to stress-relief.. For example, you can also do it to clear your mind and get in a good mood before work.
Take a bath. I’m sure everyone was expecting this one.. But it truly is one of the best ways to relax. Grab a bath bomb, a candle or 2, some soothing music, and hop in the tub!
Paint your nails. For me, painting my nails takes a lot of focus. That’s helpful in this situation because it allows me to switch my focus from (whatever) to concentrating on getting a good looking nail.
Take a nap. I mean, shutting your mind completely off is the best way to clear it. It’s also gonna help you recharge and get that energy back. Curl up under some blankets, light a candle, make some tea, and take an hour to get some good rest in.
Do mindless chores like dishes, laundry, etc. Maybe you don’t really have the time to completely give yourself a break. I get that. So just do something that doesn’t require hard work and thinking. Cut on the TV, or some music, and free your mind while getting a few things done around the house. You can still refresh your brain that way.
Do some art. I don’t know about you, but I love the adult coloring books. Those things are so satisfying and a way to completely disconnect from all other thoughts. Even if you don’t have a coloring book, I’m pretty sure you can just print a page or download an app for it. But maybe that’s not your thing - and that’s okay. There are so many different forms of art.. You’ll be able to find something. Paint, draw, make some clay, knit something.. Whatever works for you.
Play a game on your phone. Okay, I know that sounds silly.. We’re all adults here, I know. But I swear, there are some games out there that can completely distract me for hours. I love playing Rummikub on my phone. Maybe you like Angry Birds or Temple Run or something.. I don’t really know any other games. Point is, they really will distract you for hours on end.
Meditate. I’ve personally never meditated, but I know that something that a lot of people do. (I do want to try someday soon.) But I hear it’s a great way to clear and refresh your mind, feel balanced, or be “at one with the earth” or something like that. Like I said, I don’t really know how it works.. But just give it a try if you haven’t already.
Okay.. So that’s all the tips I have for you. Maybe not all of these will be of interest, but I hope you give a few a try. If you have any other ideas, share them with me! I’m always looking for new ways to force myself to relax (lol). Hope you enjoyed, see you on Saturday!