In a class presentation on stress management, one of my students shared the concept of holding an “instant recess” to create some levity and infuse some energy into a group. One person can call for a “recess” and everyone in the area convenes to participate in a quick energizer or in motion activity.
The example that she shared involved a Baby Shark video, an earworm of a tune that has motions for people to replicate in synch with the cartoon. It took about three minutes total and gave participants a release of stress and an opportunity to relieve some tension mid-day.
Whether you are comfortable acting as sharks or whether your group needs something a little more low-key, the concept of instant recess is a good one. Sometimes you just need a quick break in the action to rejuvenate yourself for the long haul.