50 Ways to Take a Break

Take a visual stroll through a brainstorm of ways to take a break. May these examples remind you of the simple ways in which we can find enjoyment — the sorts of activities that often don’t make it onto our to-do lists, but are worthy of our time.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, Karen Horneffer-Ginter’s illustration ‘50 Ways to Take a Break‘ will surely give you a fresh idea on how to take some time off to center yourself at the office, at home, outdoors or wherever else you might happen to be.

 At the office 

  1. Create your own coffee break
  2. Read or watch something funny
  3. Write a quick poem
  4. Do some gentle stretches
  5. Examine an everyday object with fresh eyes
  6. Eat a meal in silence
  7. Walk outside
  8. Notice your body
  9. Take deep belly breaths
  10. Listen to a guided relaxation

At home 

  1. Take a bath
  2. Light a candle
  3. Rest your legs up a wall
  4. Write a letter
  5. Find a relaxing scent
  6. Put on some music and dance
  7. Pet a furry creature
  8. Make some music
  9. Paint on a surface other than paper
  10. Colour with crayons
  11. Turn off all electronics
  12. Write in a journal
  13. Meditate


  1. Go to a body of water
  2. Meander around town
  3. Fly a kite
  4. Watch the stars
  5. Sit in nature
  6. Buy some flowers
  7. Go to a farmer’s market
  8. Climb a tree
  9. Go to a park
  10. Take a bike ride
  11. Drive somewhere new
  12. Go for a run
  13. Watch the clouds


  1. Listen to music
  2. Read poetry
  3. Move twice as slowly
  4. Let out a sigh
  5. Take a nap
  6. Call a friend
  7. View some art
  8. Engage in small acts of kindness
  9. Forgive someone
  10. Give thanks
  11. Let go of something
  12. Read a book
  13. Learn something new
  14. Smile
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