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Hokie Health: Ten at Ten continues through September

From: Hokie Wellness

In our busy, fast-paced society, many people are all too familiar with the experience of powering through a full work day without stopping to take a break or working through lunch, all in the pursuit of productivity. However, rarely stepping away to give our brains a pause may be doing more harm than good. Over time, these habits may lead to mental fatigue, burnout, and negative effects on physical health.

Taking brief “brain breaks” throughout the work day can be profoundly beneficial to well-being, productivity, engagement, and the capacity for creativity. Employees who prioritize these short periods of mental rest may also see improvements in attentiveness, energy levels, and mood. In general, many people find noticeable benefits from taking a two to three-minute break every 30 minutes or a five-minute break each hour. 

A brain break might look like a short walk around the building, a five-minute stretch, a brief meditation, deep breathing, or anything else that allows the brain to unplug from a task for a few moments. 

Hokie Wellness will continue to offer Ten at Ten each Tuesday and Friday from 10-10:10 a.m. throughout the month of September. This program is designed to serve as a quick and lighthearted brain break for employees and students. Participants are invited to use this Zoom link to join; no registration is required. 

Hokie Wellness serves Virginia Tech to foster a healthier community by providing prevention services, education, outreach, and resources to employees and students. If you have questions, need assistance, or want to join the Hokie Wellness Google group to stay up to date with monthly updates, contact the team at hokiewellness@vt.edu.

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