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The most life-affirming break you can take

🚶🏽‍♀️Today’s tip: Take a walk around the neighborhood.

For the past year and change, many of us have spent an inordinate amount of time in our homes, while also viscerally feeling our connections with and responsibilities for our fellow humans. Saul Austerlitz writes on Medium: “It’s a condition of the crisis we are still living through that our worlds have simultaneously grown and shrunk.” One solution? Take a long walk through the neighborhood where you live.

As Austerlitz puts it, “There is little that is as soothing as the feeling of leaving the house on a mild spring day or a brisk fall day and setting out without a precise destination in mind, letting your feet carry you where they will.” We all know walks can help us think and focus. But Austerlitz points out that walks can also help us reconnect with our neighbors, by forcing us to participate in the “miniature world” of our neighborhood. And they make for darn relaxing midday breaks, too.

⏱️ More from Forge on taking breaks:

The 2-Minute Reset to Take Before Every Meeting

The 3 Breaks You Need to Take Every Day

It’s Time to Take a Serious Break, and You Can Do This

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