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Page 37 of 92 35 When your phone or tablet is low on power, you immediately reach for the charging cord. But when a human being's batteries are depleted, they should take the opposite route and unplug instead. Unplugging means spending a few minutes disconnecting from everything—including your devices, your coworkers, your family, your duties, and your normal routine—in order to destress, decompress, and prepare for the rest of the day's tasks. These compact meditation sessions will help keep you healthy, happy, and alert, and they're easy to achieve if you follow a few simple guidelines. CHANGE THE SCENERY When we take time off from our jobs, we don't go to the office to do our lounging around; we do it on a sundrenched beach, a cruise ship, or some other place that's vastly different from our normal working environment. The same holds true for the mini-vacations your brain needs each day. In other words, if you've been balancing spreadsheets at your desk all morning, a few minutes Unplugged Recharge the old-fashioned way by Lynn J. Parentini In today's world, most of us find ourselves stuck in one mode: always on. We're working more hours, sleeping less, and communicating through text, email, and social media on a seemingly nonstop basis. But just like our brains require sleep at night, they also require some downtime during the day. If you were to operate a car, a power tool, or any mechanical device for long periods of time without a break to cool down and perform maintenance, it would shudder to a stop and cease to function. Your brain needs to follow the same maintenance schedule, because the stress caused by sensory overload won't just ruin your day—it can also ruin your health in countless ways. 1 expertadvice REPLENISH

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