Updated: Jan 22, 2021
During times of stress, maintaining our emotional equilibrium can be very challenging. And learning new things can be all but impossible. But according to Dr. Bruce Perry, it can take as little as 25 to 30 seconds to rewire our brains for calm and alert learning.
Here are my favorite brain breaks that keep me going while I work and learn at home:
Holding a twist for 15 seconds to each side feels so good! It gets the blood flowing and makes my back happier.
Deep or rhythmic breathing
Anchoring my feet to the floor and my hands to my knees helps calm me more quickly.
Walking, pacing, tapping my hands together, flapping my arms like a bird, anything!
If I turn off my video during a meeting, I could be dancing like no one is watching.
Looking out the window at trees, birds, clouds, anything in nature has proven benefits. I find it works even better for me if I can hear natural sounds.
Moving things around on my desk, playing with cards, dice, a stuffed animal or my favorite fidget help keep me focused.
My favorites are the Wonder Woman and the One-Fisted Flying Superhero. It feels good, and it’s fun!
What are your favorite 30 second breaks? Try out some new ones and see how it goes!