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What are Breaks?

Do you want to have a short break to access your blocked apps, but don't want to get completely distracted? (Maybe to send a quick meme and then get back to work?) That's what Breaks are for!

Breaks help you use your phone mindfully and intentionally. To use Breaks, make sure you chose the right protection level (⏱️What is Protection?)

Take a Break (iOS)

While on an Opal session, you can click the “Take Break” button at the right of the session screen to temporarily unblock distracting apps.

When you click on the Take Break button, you can customize:

  • How long the Brela will last
  • Which apps you want to use
  • The Intention behind the pause; labelling why you want to use your phone helps reduce mindless scrolling.

Click “Let's Go” to launch your Break, or “Nevermind” if you've changed your mind.

You can also finish your Break early by clicking the “End Break” button.

Take a Break (Browser)

While on an Opal session, you can click the “Take Break” button underneath the session timer to temporarily unblock distracting websites.

When you click on the Take Break button, you can customize:

  • How long the Break will last
  • The Intention behind the pause; labelling why you want to use distracting sites helps reduce mindless scrolling.

Click “Start Break” to launch your Break, or the “” cancel icon in the top-right if you've changed your mind.

You can also finish your Break early by clicking the “Cancel Break” button.