Resetting Your Brain: Our biological need for breaks

The saying, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste," takes on new meaning in an age in which we are inundated with information and life moves at a breakneck pace. Daniel J. Levitin, in a recent op-ed for The New York Times, encourages us all to take breaks in order to "make the most of our beautiful brains."

"But beware the false break," he cautions. In a society where vacation can often mean "I will only check my email twice a day instead of 20 times," and many people's idea of downtime at work is checking Facebook, feelings of being overwhelmed and uninspired are common. Levitin explains the brain's attentional system, and offers some very compelling arguments for unplugging yourself and making time for daydreams. Easier said than done, but something to strive for in your quest for a healthier, happier head!

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