Here is the fourth instalment of my ongoing series on creating a healthy balance between screentime and time being present in the real world in the online courses I teach. In an attempt at encouraging offline breaks, I am putting reminders into each Unit this term of my BCIT Course, BCST 1073: Building Your Digital Media Presence, to take a break from the computer and get up to stretch, dance, meditate …etc. I will be sharing these Activity Breaks with all of you here, in case you are thinking of doing something similar. Feel free to copy and modify these for your own online courses, if so desired.
Activity Break #4: Breath and Body Meditation
For this Unit’s Activity Break, as you begin to think about a video you’d like to share on YouTube as a part of your Video Creation Assignment, I thought I’d share a video screentime break from one of my past student’s Cornelia Krikke. When Cornelia was taking this course, it was to better build her story in the digital space, as a healing coach who helps people connect with their creativity and improve their well being in nature. One of the digital spaces that really resonates with her in this storytelling is the creation of online video.
Here is a video that she has created on her YouTube Channel to help people to take a break in their day to focus on breath and body:
Breath and Body Meditations like this one really help me with taking computer breaks in my day to keep my headaches and pain in check post my car accidents. They are also useful to calm down and relax the brain, so that when you return to work, you feel like a more relaxed and creative version of yourself.
You can checkout more videos on Cornelia’s Channel here: https://youtube.com/channel/UC7DhiE5zbEv0A2BbGPz2-tA
If you have links to your own or other people’s activity breaks in online courses, I’d love to see and hear about them. Tell us about them in the comments below.
In case you missed it, here are Activity Break #1, #2, and #3: