Are you on a break?39
Taking mindful breaks is a simple technique that can help you restore your focus and energy throughout the day.
Our mind basically works in two different ways: conceptual and perceptual. The conceptual mind is a “doing” state of mind. It is the mind that is always planning and thinking about all the things we need to do. Most of us are in the conceptual mind for most of our lives. The perceptual mind is a “being” state of mind. It is an observing state of mind free from thoughts and concepts.
The conceptual mind is usually going full-steam-ahead and helps us to achieve what we need to achieve. However, the resources of the brain are limited.
It gets tired if it does not have a break from time to time.
What’s the technique?
The technique is simple: once every hour, let go of what you are doing and take three deep breaths, in through your nose, out through your mouth.
How do you remind yourself?
While the technique is simple, the challenge is to actually remember to do it. One of the easiest ways is to set an hourly alarm on your phone or download a mindfulness app on your phone and set it to make a sound every hour.
Enjoy your next break!