You Only Need 5 Minutes to Fit in a Quick Mindfulness Break Between Back-to-Back Meetings

October 15, 2021 by Well + Good

Ever feel like you spend more time escaping with mindless activities (hello, back-to-back episodes of Bachelor in Paradise) than engaging in mindful moments? Sure, mindless activities have their time and place, but busy schedules can feel more manageable with even a small dose of mindfulness plugged in. Scroll down to learn how to take a quick mindfulness break.

If your days are stacked with back-to-back meetings, a never-ending to-do list, and an email inbox that just won't stop, may I recommend a quick mindfulness break? Before you roll your eyes, hear me out. This is not another meditation plug (but the benefits are pretty impressive, no?). Mindfulness and meditation sometimes get grouped in the same bucket, but they're definitely not the same thing.

"The act of performing a task at hand with one's full attention is being mindful," says Vibay Chandran Weisbecker, a holistic wellness and mindfulness expert at Mindbody. "In work and life, being mindful or mindfulness can be extended to any activity such as walking, painting, cooking, or meditating."

IMO, mindfulness is the much more approachable cousin to meditation. The best part is you don't need an hour or even 30 minutes to reap the benefits of mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness for longer periods of time, but according to Chandran Weisbecker, the length of your mindfulness practice is not as important as simply practicing. "Through experience, I find that short practices on busy days are helpful," he says.

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