How To Take A Break

Our world has drastically changed in the last few years. With remote/hybrid learning + living becoming the new norm, it’s easy to get overworked + burnt out. Now more than ever, it’s super important to listen to your body + mind! If you need a break, you deserve to have one!

Sometimes taking a break is easier said than done. Maybe you’re taking 18 credits this semester, maybe you’re working two jobs, maybe you’re commuting to class. These are all incredibly valid, busy schedules! But without any kind of break, how can you expect yourself to perform? Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup!

If you’re struggling with taking a break, check out these tips:

#1] Unplug from your phone + computer… even for just 15 minutes!

Between work + school, we are constantly on our phones + computers! These tools are so helpful in our day to day lives but can also be the cause of a lot of stress! To help give yourself a break, set aside time out of your day to completely unplug. Whether it’s 15 minutes, an hour, or more, take the time to be present off your device. Making this a part of your everyday routine will tremendously help in the long run!

#2] Take a break from working out

Our bodies need rest – seriously! While we absolutely love working up a good sweat, there are times when we need to step away from the gym. It can be really scary to take time away from working out due to the fear of losing progress, but ultimately, it’s so important to remember that your body needs to be well rested to support your activity. If your body is tired + needs the rest days, listen to it! Pushing yourself too hard will only lead to more stress. The gym will still be there for you when you’re back from your break ; )

#3] Try a new journal technique 

Journaling is an awesome way to unwind + clear your head. Writing out your thoughts or intentions for even a few minutes every day can help you take that step back to pause + reflect. New to journaling + don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered! Check out our guide to intention journaling.

#4] Make your favorite meal

Cooking can be super therapeutic! If you’re feeling really stressed, take the time to make your favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert! It’s so important to fuel your body, even in times of stress. Making a meal that brings you joy is an awesome way to take a break, plus you get a tasty treat at the end ; ). Need inspiration? Check out the CHAARG Blog for lots of delicious + easy recipes.

#5] Watch your favorite show or movie

There’s truly something so relaxing about hanging out + putting on your favorite movie or TV show! Watching that feel good movie or show that keeps you coming back for more is a great way to rest your body + mind. Looking for a new show to watch? Check out these TV recs from the CHAARG community!

#6] Take a walk

No matter if you’re somewhere warm or feeling the winter chill, getting fresh air is so good for your mental health! Even taking a super brief walk can really help clear your mind + keep you active. Throw on your favorite playlist or The CHAARG Podcast + get those steps in!

#7] Dive into a book 

Reading is an incredible way to take a break + escape to another world! Whether you’re into fiction, biography, or self-growth, reading gives you the chance to sit back + enjoy some time off. Even if it’s only for a few minutes each day, give yourself the time to read. If you’re looking for new recs, check out our winter reading list – these are amazing books!

#8] Relax + take a nap!

Who doesn’t love a relaxing mid-day nap? Taking naps is an awesome way to rest + reset! You could listen to a meditation, calming music, or just let yourself sleep in the quiet. Cuddle up with your coziest blanket + enjoy a well-deserved nap!

Though it can be challenging to truly rest with so much going on, it’s so, so important to remind yourself that you deserve a break, physically + mentally! Stepping away from work + giving yourself time to reset is super healthy to practice – you’ll come back from that break ready to crush your goals!

Let us know your favorite way to take a break in the comments!

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