The 30-Minute Break c[AR]ds

This Bundle of c[AR]ds TM is intended to give workaholics and anyone who wants to take a productive rest ideas of activities to do whilst resting for at least 30 minutes a day. This is part of a series of using c[AR]ds gamification and XR technology to solve problems we encounter everyday.

The Design Concept

The Bundle consists of 32-cards of different activities which you can do on each day of the month, you get a spare one incase you want to mix things up or you found an activity too hard to do.

The concept of the c[AR]ds design and the QR Codes is that you’ll never know which activity you’ll be doing today, so you can use them daily, monthly, yearly, just shuffle them, scan your QR code and enjoy your break.

This creates a gamified experience which helps in creating a fun and more engaging experience that would help you build the habit of taking a break.

Your Monthly calendar of c[AR]ds

For a more organized experience, we recommend you create a monthly calendar and then add a different c[AR]d TM to each day.

It adds an element of surprise and anticipation to your day 🤩🎇

…..Remember don’t over complicate things and just have fun…..

Here are some Ideas about the Activities.💡

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1- Learn to Juggle: It’s a fun skill to learn and a great party trick! 🎉🤹‍♀️

Don’t over complicate things grab any objects you have and give it a try, remember it’s not about perfecting the skill itself, it’s a bout having fun, and incase you need some guidance, here’s s tutorial to help you get started.

Learning to juggle is not only a fun skill but also improves hand-eye coordination and concentration. It can serve as a mental break from daily stressors and boost cognitive function.

2-Start Reading: Pick up that novel you’ve been meaning to read.🤓

The average person can read from 15-20 pages in 30 minutes. 15 pages a day soon enough you’ll finish that book.😉Also, reading stimulates the mind, improves vocabulary, and enhances cognitive function. It also provides an escape from reality, reduces stress, and promotes relaxation.

3-Go for a walk: Enjoy the fresh air and scenery around you.🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️

Take a break from your sedentary job or your busy study schedule. Walking improves cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, and increases endurance. It reduces stress hormones, boosts mood, and enhances mental clarity and focus.

4-Meditate: Clear your mind and relax your body.

Meditation reduces stress, anxiety, and depression by promoting relaxation and mindfulness.

Try any type of Journaling

5-Try journaling: Reflect on your day or write about your thoughts. Take a look at the different types of journaling. Journaling can help you gradually develop, self-awareness, and emotional expression. It can also help in clarifying your thoughts and feelings.

6-Paint or draw: Express your creativity on canvas or paper. Engaging in any form of artistic activities enhances creativity, self-expression.

7-Do a puzzle: This could be a jigsaw, crossword, or Sudoku. Remember solving a small puzzle can improve your cognitive abilities, memory, and problem-solving skills. It provides you with a mental challenge and a satisfactory sense of accomplishment.


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8-Try to Learn a Magic Trick :🎩Impress your friends and family with your new skills!

Mastering magic tricks enhances dexterity and creativity. Performing the tricks themselves in front of other people can also build up your confidence.

9- Yoga: Stretch and relax with some yoga poses.

Yoga improves flexibility, strength, and balance. It also helps you clear your mind of things.

10- Bake some goodies: Who can resist the smell of fresh cookies or CAKE?

Baking/ cooking is an essential skill to learn, why not treat yourself with something homemade.

11- Bird watching: You’ll be surprised at the variety of birds you might see!

Take a look out of your window, better yet go out for a bit try bird watching and reconnect with nature. It helps promoting mindfulness, and reduces stress. It provides an opportunity for relaxation, appreciation of beauty, and learning about wildlife. This Instagram page is full of pictures of these amazing creatures.

12-Visit a Museum or Gallery: Take in some culture and history.

Exploring museums and galleries stimulates curiosity, creativity, and cultural appreciation. It provides intellectual stimulation, inspiration, and a sense of awe and wonder. This Blog includes a list of free online museums including the British Museum, The Vatican virtual tours, Nasa and many more, so enjoy…

13-Go for a bike ride or use your skateboard: Great exercise and a great way to see your local area.

Cycling or skateboarding improves cardiovascular health, endurance, and coordination. It can also provide you with a sense of freedom, adventure, and enjoyment of the outdoors.

14-Photography: You can use your phone to take some photos of your surroundings. It increases your appreciation of the beauty around you.

Photography also encourages creativity, mindfulness, and promotes observation skills, perspective-taking, and self-expression through visual storytelling.

15- Try Stargazing: Look into the evening sky and enjoy the moon, the stars and learn about the mysteries of constellations and celestial bodies.

Stargazing fosters a sense of wonder, awe, and connection with the universe. It helps you relax and appreciate the natural beauty around you.

16-Try out origami: All you need is some paper, and you can create beautiful things!

Enjoy the satisfaction of creating magnificent paper designs, Origami enhances your fine motor skills, creativity, and concentration as well. There are a lot of online tutorials that would help you get starting.

17-Dance: Put on some music and dance like nobody’s watching!

Dancing improves physical fitness, coordination, and mood. It serves as a form of self-expression, stress relief, and social connection.💃💃💃🕺🕺🕺

18-Write a letter to a friend or family member: It’s more personal than an email or text.

Writing a letter helps with your emotional expression. don’t be afraid to speak your heart out. It provides an opportunity for reflection, communication, and strengthening relationships with others, it’s often considered as a form of art therapy as well.

19- Try out new tea or coffee flavors: Become your own barista!

Indulge yourself with new tastes, or even make yourself a smoothie, try something refreshing.🧃🥤🍷

20-Plan your next vacation, trip or day out: Even if it’s just a dream for now, it’s fun to plan!

Feel the anticipation and excitement, while planning the places you wanna go, Right them down and maybe as a friend to join you. Time to go on a small adventure, and escape from routine.


The Happy Ever Crafter

21-Start learning calligraphy: It’s an art form in itself!

Here’s a quick overview from The Happy Ever Crafter, get creative and explore different styles. and appreciate the aesthetics of words.

22-Do Some DIY Crafts: There are plenty of ideas online, from home decor to handmade gifts.

DIYers are known for their creativity, problem-solving skills, and self-expression be one of them.

23-Listen to a podcast or audiobook: Choose a topic you’re interested in and learn something new!

Enjoy a dose of edutainment and mental simulation. Get exposed to new ideas and perspectives. In case you’ve not heard about them thmanyah are addressing some interesting topics.

24- Join a local club or group: this could be related to one of your hobbies, such as a book club, running group, chess club etc.

There are many virtual book clubs to join like Good Reads, The Rebel Book Club and Many more. Time to charge that social battery of yours , joining a club or group social connection, belonging, and community engagement. It provides opportunities for friendship, support, and shared interests.

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Be My Eyes

25-Volunteer at a local charity: this is both fulfilling and a great way to meet new people.

Volunteering promotes empathy. It provides a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and contribution to the community. Now you can Volunteer at anytime anywhere whether you want to physically go somewhere or you want to help virtually, one of the most favorite ones is be my eyes it connects people needing sighted support with volunteers. There is also Translators without borders and many more..

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26-Let’s exercise, try a new workout routine: There are many types of workouts available online, from HIIT to Pilates.

Exercising has numerous benefits it improves physical fitness, mental health, and overall well-being. It boosts energy levels, reduces stress, and enhances mood through the release of endorphins. it doesn’t have to be something complicated it can be as simple as the walk at home online tutorials, Exercise at your own pace.

Grow an Herb Garden | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents
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27-Plant an indoor herb garden or try gardening: It’s rewarding to cook with herbs you’ve grown yourself.

Gardening can help with your physical activity, connection with nature, and stress reduction. It provides a sense of accomplishment, nurturing, and connection to the earth. you can grow simple things from Mint, basil to even lemon and vegetables. you can also turn it into a fun family activity.

28-Watch the sunset or sunrise: You will be amazed by the beauty and calmness of nature. Time to re-connect with nature.

29-Try solving a Rubik’s Cube: Take it easy you can start with a 2×2 one, but it’s fun to try.

let’s have a mental exercise, solving a Rubik’s Cube improves problem-solving skills, spatial reasoning, and perseverance. It promotes cognitive stimulation, focus, and a sense of achievement.

30Call a friend or a family member: let’s check up on people you love and miss.

31-Learn a word in sign language: Let’s try living an inclusive life and get to include everyone in our communications. So let’s start with the basics.

32-Write down your goals or create vision boards: You’re one step away from achieving your dreams!

Writing down goals or creating vision boards promotes clarity, motivation, and goal-setting. It provides a visual reminder of aspirations and serves as a roadmap for future achievements.