Mental Rest and Relaxation

"Our bodies require regular periods of rest and relaxation (R&R) in order to recover sufficiently from training and prevent exhaustion and injury. So, too, do our minds. Not only do we need to take breaks from the (often intense) intellectual work in the STEM disciplines – for rest, social interaction, play – we also need to pause regularly from the intellectual and emotional work…" (Grant & Pritchard, 2015).

Topics for your mentoring meet up 

  • R&R Practices
  • Making time for R&R
  • Time management
  • Incorporating short 5 minute breaks
  • Shifting focus to something else
  • Engaging in a physical activity
  • Talking it out with someone
  • Developing and pursuing your personal interests (outside of the STEM field)