The Value of Taking a Bubble Break
Total CE credits 1 hour
Taking time to allow ourselves a moment of peace and to re-center during a hectic day is challenging. Breaks are something we all recognize are valuable for us, yet we struggle to carve out time or even give ourselves permission to take one. In learning more and more on the benefits of breaks during our work day, I thought to myself; What if we had a simple, fun, and easy way to incorporate breaks into the day? Here enters the idea for the activity called Take A Bubble Break®. Blowing bubbles was something I often enjoyed doing as a child, little did I understand the true value the simple act of blowing bubbles could have on our well-being. In the past during a large national conference, I created a space to allow others to join in on taking a moment to blow bubbles. The feedback received from the event was powerful and I discovered 6 key areas in which support our well-being when we took part in the activity. They included:
- Letting Go
The simple activity of blowing bubbles can provide individuals and teams with an easy way in which to connect to themselves and each other. Thereby helping to manage the challenges of the daily stress of working in a veterinary hospital. In learning to share this resource we can all experience the value toward mental well-being in participating in a fun yet simple activity of Take a Bubble Break®.
Review the 6 benefits of blowing bubbles as a way to take a break.
Mindfulness – small moments of mindfulness create space for our brain to reset and center within our surroundings and ourselves. Stopping to enjoy some bubbles allows for everything to stop. For that brief moment, there are just bubbles.
Concentration – going through the process of stopping to focus on the act of blowing bubbles just slows us down. This allows our concentration to focus on the moment and supports the release of tension and anxiety.
Breathing – blowing a bubble with short shallow breaths is extremely difficult if not near impossible. Going through the process of taking a deep breath and focusing our attention on the wand as we exhale and then focus on our breath. Once again allow us to reconnect with ourselves and our bodies.
Community – blowing bubbles gets people attention and sparks others to join in. Regardless of who we are, or where we come from, or the stress in our current state, we can connect over bubbles.
Accomplishment – as we each work to get the technique down for getting that perfect bubble, we become excited to see our own and other’s bubbles develop. Such a small act and yet it feels so satisfying. The act of creating a bubble allows our brains to have a feeling of completion, which our mind craves.
Letting Go – as we allow our air to transfer from our bodies to the soapy solution within the wand, we develop a bubble that begins to float away. You can almost feel the anxiety, frustration, anger, disconnection or whatever emotions that are bothering us go with the bubble. Then just as quickly as the bubble appears, it pops and with that the energy is released from us.
- Understand the benefits of taking a break and what it does for our well-being.
- Provide visibility to the challenges of taking breaks.
- Define mindfulness and how this provides resilience to individuals and their careers.
- Provide direction on a simple mindfulness activity.
- Understand the 6 points in taking time to blow bubbles has towards our well-being.