Brain breaks or mental speed bumps are focused attention activities that give brains a break from intense mentally challenging lessons children are expected to learn every day. They are good for us adults too because so much is expected out of us each day.

Such breaks give our brain a chance to shift its focus away to something low-stakes and fun for a few minutes. They are shown to boost productivity and creativity once we return to our learning tasks.

Examples include:
Jogging in place. Rock paper scissors game. Thumb, pinky alternate flip. Staring at a calming nature photo slideshow. Coloring sheets. Deep breathing.

It’s going to be difficult in the beginning, but existential boredom is good. It’s good for the soul, because you actually can sort through your thoughts and create priorities. Research shows us that when the brain in under stimulated, it starts looking for self-stimulation boosting creativity.

That is why at FutureSTRONG Academy, we take our brain break exercises as seriously as our learning tasks in class.

In the end, slowing down to the pace of nature helps us to check if the route we’re on in life is the one that we actually want to be on. After all, whatever we might be navigating – boroughs or board rooms, we’ll need tools like wonder, boredom, resilience, gratitude, creativity. And it starts with us capturing those moments of stillness around our daily grind.




Do you want to start checking on yourself with a few mental speed bumps? Start today and see how you begin to prioritize for the better.

Read more on How Boredom Leads To Brilliance.


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About The Article Author:

Our mission with FutureSTRONG Academy – to grow children who respect themselves, their time and their capabilities in a world where distractions are just a click or a swipe away.

I see myself as an advocate for bringing social, emotional and character development to families, schools and communities. I never want to let this idea out of my sight – Our children are not just GPAs. I’m a Writer and a Certified Master Coach in NLP and CBT. Until 2017, I was also a Big Data Scientist. In December of 2044, I hope to win the Nobel. Namasté

Write to me or call me. Tell me what support from me looks like. 

Rachana Nadella-Somayajula,
Program Director & Essential Life Skills Coach for Kids and Busy Parents

CLARITY - A Pillar of FutureSTRONG Academy



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