microbreaks to relax and unwind


Take short breaks throughout the day to stretch, breathe, or engage in a brief relaxation technique to reduce stress and maintain calm.


Achieve immediate stress relief and revitalization during a busy day.


The continuous, non-stop pace of work and life πŸš‚

  • Lack of time for long relaxation practices
  • Feeling overwhelmed and stressed due to continuous work
  • Struggling with maintaining focus and productivity
  • Physical discomfort from staying in one position for too long πŸͺ‘


The practice of Microbreaks comes to the rescue. Microbreaks are short, frequent breaks taken throughout the day to refresh and rejuvenate both the mind and the body. 

In a nutshell:

  1. Set a timer for every 30-60 minutes of work.
  2. When the timer goes off, take a 2-5 minute break.
  3. During the break, stand up, stretch, move around, or even close your eyes and take deep breaths.
  4. Return to work when the break is over.

My Take

Practicing Microbreaks myself, I can vouch for their effectiveness. Microbreaks are efficient and actually healthy. Moreover, they are easier to incorporate into a busy day than other methods requiring more time investment.

Overall, these short sessions can be practical for immediate relief of tension, both mentally and physically πŸ’ͺ

Microbreaks can help reset the brain, also making focusing easier again. In addition, physical activities (even small and short ones) stimulate blood circulation, easing muscle tension.

So, yeah, btw I also try to get up from my office chair regularly through such breaks. I mean, it’s no secret that prolonged sitting is bad for you – even regardless of whether you exercise regularly or not.

I think that a Microbreak is a very small investment of time that, however, brings a notable return in productivity and health. It simply makes sense to me.

Highly recommended 🀘


  • Easily incorporated into a busy schedule
  • Immediate relief from physical and mental stress
  • Boosts productivity and focus


  • Might be difficult to remember to take breaks regularly
  • Can be challenging to disengage from work during the breaks


The practice of Microbreaks may seem simple, but I found some nuances that can enhance the experience:

  • Timer setting: Use a digital timer (app etc.) to remind you to take a break. I have a couple of such reminders for breathing sessions, short exercises, and, as mentioned already, even to get up from my chair several times during a workday.
  • Stretching: Gentle stretching can help relieve physical stress, especially in the neck and shoulders. Instead of stretching, you can also try out 10-15 burpees πŸ˜ƒ I picked that up from a podcast, and it’s a perfect option for a microbreak.Β It’s pretty refreshing…
  • Mindfulness: It doesn’t need to be complicated. Even a few minutes of deep breathing (no specific technique needed) or mindful walking can be calming and do a good job.

Finally, I found it helpful to physically move away from my workspace, even if it’s just a few steps. It’s a small action but reinforces the idea of taking a break.