On Taking Brain Breaks

In some respects, I was better at taking mental breaks when I worked a "normal" job. I've been self-employed for 12 years and believe it or not, sometimes I find it hard to give myself permission to take a break. Or worse yet, I wait until the imaginary shutters in my brain slam shut and refuse to open.

I am sure that I am not alone in this. We live in a busy world. Thanks to technology, we can be constantly connected with family, friends, colleagues, clients and bosses. It's hard to get away from it all.

I don't know about you, but I find that mental exhaustion takes longer to recover from than physical exhaustion. So let's make a deal: let's try to take one of these mental health breaks this week. Starting today.

It doesn't even have to be a long break. Some websites say that just spending two minutes doing nothing is beneficial. In fact, most of my artist dates wind up being my brain breaks.

Let's start with one and then we'll work our way up. From just reading this list of ideas for mental breaks, it really sounds like we should take more than one a day.