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Healthy Computing: Another Microbreak

© Erik Peper PhD

The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by Erik Peper PhD. View all columns in series
Do you wait with poised finger ready to click? Does the time pass without having moved? To allow regeneration, muscles need very short breaks frequently, which most of us forget to do. If you are taking your microbreaks every 30 to 60 seconds, you can ignore this message. Otherwise, read on and take ANOTHER MICROBREAK.

How to Take Another Microbreak:
Every 30 to 60 seconds, while working at the keyboard or mouse, drop your hands to your lap as you exhale and wiggle your shoulders. Let your shoulders, arms, and hands go limp, after 1-2 seconds, return to your work.

Train yourself to take micro-breaks whenever you have an interruption such as:

  • Waiting for the web pages downloading
  • Thinking what to type next
  • When the phone rings
  • At the end of a paragraph
  • Reading email
  • When someone stops by your desk to ask a question
  • After entering a column of numbers or a new page of information

Remember, a momentary interruption in muscle tension can make the difference between discomfort and health. Think about carrying a heavy object; if you set it down for just a moment, your muscles relax and you are able to continue carrying it.


Copyright 2003 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney
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Erik Peper, Ph.D. is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education, at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (2005) and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.......more
 
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