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The Harvard Business Review recently published an article on quick and easy ways to quiet your mind. While this is obviously important for everyone across the board, giving your brain a break can be especially necessary for cancer survivors. This can not only help you be more productive, but can also assist you in focusing on recovery and health.
Not only does Cancer and Careers stress the importance of taking periodic breaks throughout the work day to take a walk, do breathing exercises or simply reset as a way to help with chemo brain and transitioning back to work, but the HBR article explains that, "it's the quiet mind that produces the best insights." Here are three quick ways to take a mental break:
- Quick Meditation: Take 10 minutes during your day to close your eyes and try to focus on a relaxing image like a waterfall or beach. Try to push all other thoughts aside.
- Pulsing: Science has shown that working in 90-minute intervals and then taking a break can raise productivity and focus. Try working hard for that time and then "take a walk, talk to a colleague, doodle or listen to music," - anything that gives you a second wind to start the next 90 minutes.
- Daydream Walks - Let your mind just wander a few times a week by thinking of anything you want. While this may sound like meditation, the difference is that instead of emptying your mind, your letting it fill with any random thought that comes to you.
For more suggestions and advice from the article, please read the entire post here. Additionally, Cancer and Careers offers several resources that help survivors in balancing work and cancer, including relieving workplace stress, managing side effects at work, and getting back to work after treatment.