Importance of Taking Breaks

In today’s work world, we spend our days in meetings, typing up reports and responding to a never-ending stream of emails. Our to-do lists start out at a reasonable length and as the day goes on, we find it has doubled. By 1 p.m. we’re in a daze and our productivity level has reached it’s low. The thought of taking a break is invigorating, but if you’re honest with yourself, you simply don’t have time.

Sometimes we know there is a better way to do things, but we tell ourselves that it isn’t for us. Let me be the one to tell you, taking breaks is a must and you do have time for them. If you have time to daydream and get distracted by your co-workers phone calls, then you have time to take a short walk around the building, exercise or take a 15-minute nap. Anything goes during your break, as long as it has nothing to do with work. Here are just a few benefits of taking breaks during the workday:

Reduces Stress – Too much activity causes our mind to shut down, which can ultimately lead to stress. Once stress starts to build, you should take a breather and revisit the task at hand when you’re calm and at ease. Spend your break talking to a co-worker; chances are they will have some advice on the situation saving you a lot of time and angst.

Increases Productivity – Oftentimes, our decrease in productivity isn’t because we are overloaded or stressed, but because we are bored and counting the hours until it’s time to go home. Following a break, you are geared up to focus on work again, significantly boosting your performance level. If you think your boss will be displeased to see you taking daily breaks, schedule a meeting and explain how doing so will allow you to be much more productive. Trust us, they’ll understand.

Relives Physical Ailments – Sitting at a desk all day not only takes a toll on your mind, but also on your body. Whether you feel your eyes straining or back hurting, a break will relieve these ailments and allow you to get back to work pain-free. Take the time to walk around and look at something besides your computer screen. The change in environment will have you feeling like a new person, ready to tackle your to-do list.

Sparks Creativity – Taking time to chat with a co-worker, enjoy the outdoors or simply take your lunch break, will allow your mind to rejuvenate, resulting in more creative ideas. If you have a job that depends on your creativity, utilize your break reading a book or surfing the web to see what’s trending. Many times, our best ideas are sparked by the minds of other people’s creative thoughts. Taking a break from the work grind will allow you to revisit your work with a fresh perspective and rejuvenated mind.

Do you have other benefits to add to our list? Leave us a comment below.

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