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Two ways to Get a Mental Health Break

March 19, 2013

Here are a two ways to Get a Mental Health Break

1. Exercise Regularly:  In Exercise and Mental Health, the Mental Health Foundation (UK) lists some benefits of exercise:

  • Less tension, stress and mental fatigue
  • A natural energy boost
  • Improved sleep
  • A sense of achievement
  • Focus in life and motivation
  • Less anger or frustration
  • A healthy appetite
  • Better social life
  • Having fun

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) agrees.

2. The CMHA says in Balancing Your Life, “Take a five-minute vacation – Each day, set aside five minutes for a mental health break.  Close your office door or go into another room, and day-dream about a place, person or idea, or think about nothing at all! You will feel like you have been on a mini-vacation.”

Using a podcast such as “Mindfulness – 10 Minute Practice Exercise” can help with “getting away”. When you come back to your work; you may find you have better clarity and perspective.