I take short breaks more than the average bear. My propensity for naps is well documented; I don’t need to brag about my talent. But that’s not what I’m talking about here.
What I mean here are those few seconds at the photocopier when I close my eyes and inhale and exhale. The minutes on the bus when I ride in darkness, eyes closed, ears open. The time I choose to steal in order to hibernate, to rest my eye after the built up strain of using it hour after hour. Or, the planned rest up before an event I expect will involve lots of visuals like a musical or a dinner out for which I can’t resist using my remaining sight to savor the action I experience.
My husband and I call it hibernating. It’s the best nickname for my shut down, my visual stop gaps. When I power down, eyes are closed and facial muscles are relaxed. I learned that it’s best to explain to others that I’m hibernating. Apparently I inhabit a neutral, void of expression, slightly alarming disengagement. Charming. I’d like to avoid awkwardness, so now I tell others I’m hibernating if they notice a change.
Meditation, stretching, a spot of tea, hibernating, they are all useful to relax for a bit. What do you do for mini breaks?