Stop! Why You Need To Take A BreakPosted: 19th of June 2015 by
In today’s world of constant communication, email, social media, and 24-hour rolling news we are used to being in contact with the world all the time. However, the downside to the immediate access is that it can be difficult to switch off. If you are the sort of person who checks their work emails in the evening, or check your mobile before you even get out of bed in the morning, then you are probably prone to not giving yourself enough of a break. You may think that by staying on your job all the time you are being more productive and working better, but you’d be wrong. Taking a break will actually improve your productivity and have all sorts of other positive effects on your working life.
One way to get away from things during the day is to actually physically remove yourself from your desk or wherever it is you are working or studying. Like the children who go into the playground between classes, so you can reinvigorate yourself by heading outside. If you’re at work, going for a short walk during your lunch-break can help reset your mind for the afternoon, as well as get you some exercise. You will also have the bonus of getting a proper break without people trying to distract you with talk of work. Exercise is also great if you are studying, and a break will give your brain time to process any new information you are trying to take in.
Remember, there is a correlation between a healthy body and a healthy mind!
As well as these longer breaks you should also take regular short breaks in the day – maybe to get a cup of tea. Don’t rush it, but instead try to enjoy the moment and relax. Have a look out of the window while you sip your drink and take a few deep breaths. This will lower your stress levels and make sure you keep working at a decent level, rather than feeling pressured and tired. This will not only benefit your productivity, but could also help your health!
A break may not just be an opportunity to reset your stress, but could also be good for your work or studies. Removing yourself from work can help inspire you. Richard Branson, for example, has made a point of noting how many of his best ideas come while he is taking a break from the daily tasks of work. A break allows your brain time to mull things over, maybe even subconsciously. Rather than constantly working on specific tasks, a break can afford you the time and space to see the bigger picture.
Taking a break should be an integral part of your day, and this should also extend to your free time. Allow yourself time at the weekends or evening to relax and really be with your friends and family, and take a holiday from time-to-time too. The world is unlikely to end if you take some time out now and again, and it will mean that when it comes time to work, you are ready to put in the right effort without compromising your health or performance!
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