Breaking Up the Day

Have you heard of the Air Traffic Controller’s Guide to Life?

  • They are under intense pressure every one minute as another airplane lands or takes off – talk about anxiety!
  • Air traffic controllers work two-hour shifts and then take 45 minutes off to unwind and refocus before returning to the pressure cooker.
  • It’s not necessary for the rest of us to get a 45-minute break every two hours, but some kind of time away is essential.
  • You can’t stare at a computer screen and remain sitting for hours without fatigue clouding the mind – wait, students can’t learn if they are in their seats for too long without a break.

Our brains were not built to be on constantly – if we start recognizing that inherent fact today, we can adapt the stress in our lives to the relief that only we can give it.