Even outside of medicine, there is a pervasive “always on” culture. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis focuses on our need for micro-breaks. This is not only for our personal wellbeing but also even for performance. The longer the break, the greater the boost was on performance. Overall, the data support the role of micro-breaks of 10 minutes for well-being, but for performance, recovering from highly depleting tasks may need more than 10-minute breaks.
When we are unfocused, our brain’s can switch into default mode network. This is when we get out of task-oriented mode and let our minds wander, brainstorming possible solutions and being creative and innovative.
It’s OK to take microbreaks and just stare out a window or listen to music for a few minutes. We are not machines, thankfully.
GME Wellness Committee