Relaxation Tips for Busy Brains

How do you relax during the day?  Here are 3 relaxation tips to help.


If you want to remain focused, calm, and productive, take several 10-second relaxation breaks throughout your day. According to Neuroscientist Mark Waldman, the decision-making processes in your frontal lobe gets exhausted after 10-to-20 minutes of concentration. We need a few time-outs to be more productive and centered.  These are helpful hints to help you stress less and be more calm.

Scientists have discovered special neurons in your brain that give you greater perception and more awareness.  To shut off the fear or flight part of the brain and enhance these neurons, we need to fire and wire new connections in the brain.  When we keep engaging our brains in Guided Imagery, meditation, and mindfulness—to be more present—compassion increases toward ourselves and others.  You also invite in more calm.

So here are three great ways to relax and refresh your overtaxed brain.  You probably do some of these already:


1.    Yawning—believe it or not—yawning slows down excess activity in your brain that causes stress.  Who knew yawning will make us smarter?

2.    Slow stretching in your neck, shoulders and torso which send calming signals throughout your body and mind to relax.

3.    Rubbing your hands together or gently stroking your arms with your hands.  This helps you calm down with the sensation of touch.  Fingers and hands have a lot of acupressure points, so no wonder this helps you feel more serene.

Try any of these throughout your day for short brain breaks. Use my Guided Imagery programs at to enhance your brain breaks.  You may also want to download a mindfulness bell to your smart phone, as well.  Then set a few reminders throughout your day to yawn, stretch, and go for a brain break.


Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to children and adults.  Find her at and, for kids. You can connect with her on Twitter and email her at