If brains were taxed, we would all get a refund. Prefrontal cortex (PFC) is the thinking part of your brain. When we work, our prefrontal cortex makes every effort to help us execute our goals. The PFC is also responsible for logical thinking, executive functioning, and using willpower to override impulses. That’s a lot of responsibility—no wonder it needs a break!
Pause your PFC
Best kind of breaks will give that goal-oriented PFC of yours a good rest by switching brain activity to another area. Doing activities that rely on different brain regions, is the best way to renew focus throughout the work day. Brain breaks will increase your productivity, innovativeness, decision making and more. Try these tips and I am willing to bet, your energy will increase and help you get through that busy day feeling great!
Take a few deep breaths. Mini-meditation, super easy. Deliberately taking slow, deep breaths and focusing on your breathing just for 30 seconds is a mini-meditation that can relax your mind and body. Even one deep breath lets your body know that you are turning off the “fight-or-flight” response and turning on the “rest-and-restore” system.
Connect with nature... Walking on a nature path induces a calm state of mind. Yet, it's not easy to go out in the middle of the day, take your car and find the nearest forest. Cast your worries aside. MelloVRis here to the rescue. You can escape anytime, anywhere in the comfort of you office. These virtual trips will activate your brain in a gentle, calm way, giving your PFC that well deserved break.
Walk or exercise if you're looking for more creativity. Stanford researchers have studied the link between walking and creativity. They discovered that a walking break led to more creative ideas than a sitting break.
Delete some tasks from your to-do list. What could be more satisfying than taking a long hard look at your do-to list and crossing off a few unimportant tasks? It's counter-intuitive but works every time.