Rest and Recharge
Kids may be first in line to celebrate spring break, but don’t underestimate its value to therapists and teachers. Of course we all enjoy a respite from daily demands, but the benefits are even more far reaching.
Taking time away from the tasks and structure of a job gives your mind a chance to rest and recharge, while also providing the mental space for new thoughts and ideas.
The advantages of mental breaks are well documented: they can bolster memory and our ability to concentrate and pay attention. A task that might seem daunting at the end of a workday may be a snap after a few days of relaxation. Getting enough sleep can sharpen the mind, boost our physical energy, and help to solidify newly learned skills. Giving the mind a break can also spark new ideas and connections, sometimes leading to unexpected solutions or approaches to a problem.
Whether you’re on vacation or not, taking mental breaks is a powerful tool.
Here are some restorative habits you can develop and use any time:
- Use deep breathing and meditation to relax and rest your mind.
- Take a walk outdoors, preferably in a natural setting like the woods or on a beach. Many people feel calmer and uplifted after spending time in a forest (forest bathing) or taking wellness walks during which you simply notice sights and sounds in a natural setting
- Prioritize a good night’s sleep by limiting use of screens near bedtime
- This article in Psychology Today, Give Your Mind a Rest: Practice Not-Thinking, offers some practical tips to help you take breaks from thinking and judgement.
- These tips for resting and recharging during summer vacation from our blog post, Take a Summer Break to Rest and Digest, are also useful during shorter breaks.
What are your favorite ways to rest and recharge your mind, whether it’s during a vacation or any other time? We’d love to hear your ideas. Please share your thoughts and tips on our Facebook or Instagram.
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Article by Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist & Executive Director of Communication Works
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