Stuck at Your Computer? Quick Break Ideas

Now more than ever, the pandemic has us stuck in front of our computers to engage in school, work, social contact, and taking care of duties like bills and grocery shopping.  As sitting and engaging with your computer too long is detrimental, frequent breaks are necessary.

It is recommended that for your eyes, you should follow the 20-20-20 rule:  Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer 20 feet away for 20 seconds to combat eye fatigue.  Micro-breaks are two minutes or less, and are quick way to take a physical break from your computer (and chair) to help your back and other muscles engaged when sitting.  Rest breaks are advised every 30 to 60 minutes to give you the fullest benefits of renewed energy by stepping away from the computer, physically and mentally.

As you know, too much of anything can be harmful, so here are some tips to get your away from your computer for a break!

Micro-breaks:

  • Stretch!  Bend over and touch your toes, reach your arms above your head and touch your palms…just move!
  • Pace around your home to get the blood moving
  • Grab a healthy snack; berries, fresh veggies, kale chips- explore your fridge and cabinets
  • Send a thank you email, or leave a review for a recent purchase
  • Tidy your workstation- toss those stray Post-it notes, take your dishes to the sink, and do a little sanitizing
  • Do nothing for 2 minutes; if you touch your keyboard or mouse, you’ll have to start over!
  • Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee
  • Add a bullet to your bucket list

Rest breaks:

    • Take a quick walk; you can even sneak in a quick call to a friend or family member
    • Take a 15 minute nap; you’ll wake re-energized to get back to work
    • Listen to an inspiring TED talk to motivate you to keep going
    • Watch the opening sequence of a late night show; you’ll get a quick news recap and a few chuckles!
    • Sit outside and observe nature, take in the sounds and sights
    • Take a dance break!  Put on your favorite artist, or give a new one a try

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