You’ve Been Working Hard, You Deserve A Little Break!
If you click on this title that means that basically, you need a breath of fresh air, a little break from work. Good news - there's nothing wrong with taking a break from work every now and then. A recent study suggests that employees who take short but frequent breaks during the workday tend to be more energetic when the return to work.
However, some people may think they are too busy to take a break. I'm pretty sure that as you're reading this you have tons of tabs open in your browser. Some even feel it selfish of them if they take a break. I get it, we all have a lot to do.
First things first - you need to understand that you're a human being, not a robot. You may be one of the most hardworking people on Earth who is great at multitasking and everything but, hey, here's a reminder: your body and brain do get tired. So, you deserve a little break.
Taking occasional breaks is remarkably helpful -- physically and mentally. To know about some of the reason why you should take a break during your workday, continue reading....
- It keeps you motivated.
- It boosts your creativity and memory.
- It makes you happier and lowers your stress level.
- It helps you think better and make wiser decisions.
- It can increase your well-being and potential.
- It makes you become more productive.
- It helps you focus more on completing your work once you get back on it.
- It can reduce negative health effects such as depression, obesity and many more.
If you've been struggling with how to take a break, below are some suggestions:
- Take a walk.
- Go for a coffee run.
- Take deep breaths.
- Write or doodle something.
- Give your eyes a break - avoid all screens.
- Read (non-work) books or articles for 20 minutes.
- Go outside and look at something green; enjoy nature.
- Go through your desk drawers. Get rid of things you don't need.
- Make an ultimate work playlist with songs to help you go through the day.
- Sit back and daydream about where your career will take you in the next 2-5 years.
- Take actual lunch breaks. By actual, I mean enjoy having your lunch without checking emails or doing work.
- Use the 20-20-20 rule. After every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds.
The link between employee happiness and productivity in the workplace is not news now, as we speak. But unfortunately, both employers and employees tend to ignore this important issue. Hence, to be physically and mentally healthy, and to be able to maximize your performance at work....take a break! Go on, because you've been working hard, and you deserve it!
Do you take occasional breaks at work? If yes, how frequent? I'd love to see how many of you (actually) take real breaks at work. Drop a comment below!