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!


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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