Day 5 / 100: Brain Break #the100dayproject #100daysOfBrainPower A brain break is something we should do regularly espcially if you are in discomfort physically, mentally and emotionally. When we take a brain break, it refreshes our thinking and helps us discover another solution to a challenge or see a situation through different eyes. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional, physical and mental state. A focused-attention practice is a brain exercise for quieting the thousands of thoughts that distract and frustrate us each day. When the mind is quiet and focused, research repeatedly shows that it reduces heart rate and blood pressure while enhancing our coping strategies to effectively handle the day-to-day challenges that keep coming. Our thinking improves and our emotions begin to regulate so that we can approach an experience with positive outcomes. An exercise to do while taking a brain break is 'Deep Breathing.' Inhale for four counts, hold for four, and exhale slowly for four counts. You can increase the holding of breath by a few seconds once you find the rhythm of the exercise. Have you had your KitKat today?