As we near the one-year anniversary of the global shutdown, employees are overworked, overstressed, and looking to take a meaningful break. Instead, employees are working through lunch, and the organic breaks that occur in the office, like stopping by someone's desk to chat on the way for your second cup of coffee, are missing. And even if a colleague manages to step away from their desk, we continue to receive work emails and notifications, making it even harder to get a break. The workday has gotten longer, and even though more people are getting vaccinated every day, the workforce will never be the same. Many organizations will have some sort of hybrid, work-from-home schedule moving forward.
To many, taking a break from work that leaves them feeling refreshed and recharged equals a relaxing beach vacation with no cell service. But in a global pandemic, taking a vacation like this is not always possible, nor is it the safest option. When the opportunity to take a break appears, the most beneficial way to spend that time is not scrolling through Instagram. The answer may be a childhood hobby many of us have forgotten along the way- drawing, doodling, and crafting. These words once meant construction paper and glitter now mean elegant and detailed coloring books and vibrant watercolors. According to the Cleveland Clinic, simple activities like coloring helps relax your brain and move attention away from yourself.
Here are our simple steps to get started:
Get analog. Stepping away from the screens is the first step. In our ever-connected worlds, disconnecting can be the hardest thing to do. If actually turning off your devices is a step too far, try turning off all notifications even for an hour. You’ll be able to focus on the task at-hand, instead of worrying if Stacy from accounting got your email.
It’s all about the process. Time to let go of your pre-conceived notions of what “art” should look like. Pick something to draw or paint that makes you happy. Focus on relaxing and enjoying the act of creating, instead of worrying about the end results. Of course, if you happen to create a masterpiece along the way, that’s great too. Experimenting and learning is all a part of the process.
Connect with others. Bundle offers a variety of art classes for busy adults, like learning how to paint with watercolors or acrylics. Me Breaks are hour long one-on-one personalized sessions, where you can work on a particular skill or hobby, or just release daily tension and express yourself through art. We also offer art-centric Team Breaks, where you and your colleagues can join an instructor for a one-hour session where you can bond and relax in a meaningful way outside of work.