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.

Thanks, Korissa!


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Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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