Breaks are often looked at as a taboo in the workplace usually because it indicates that you might be slacking off or bored or finding some reason not to do your work. But research contradicts this particular perspective and has proven that frequent breaks lead to enhanced productivity and effective execution of work.
Studies have found that breaks can reduce or prevent stress, help to maintain performance throughout the day and reduce the need for a long recovery at the end of the day.
So, let’s talk about what is the benefit of taking breaks in between work.
Intervals during work allows employees to refocus on the work with better energy and concentration. This gap allows you to reassess what goals are important to complete and what can be pushed to another date, so in short it helps prioritize.
Spending too many hours with your work cannot be healthy with regards to creativity. Taking a few strategic breaks throughout the day will give your mind a chance to come up with the solutions you’re looking for organically.
IMPROVES MENTAL HEALTH
Our minds need time to rest just as much as our bodies do. Taking breaks can help us soften the pressurized voices in our heads about deadlines and the next thing to do. Breaks can help reduce anxiety, stress, and fatigue.
Since the benefits of breaks have been said, now what we should focus on is how to take breaks that enhance productivity and get you working towards achieving your targets.
- TO EACH HIS OWN
There are times when employees tend to be more productive and less. It is important to self analyze as to when a break is necessary.
- DISCONNECT FROM WORK
Turning off your mind from work can help rejuvenate, and you’ll be able to focus better when you get back to your desk. It is critical to do something that recharges you on your breaks.
- CHANGE YOUR SCENERY
Go for a walk outside or go to a coffee shop. A physical refresh will help you mentally refresh. You can also take time to put in shape your working space or change your workspace layout a bit.
Talking to other people can help you clear up things in your mind and work through the challenges you face today. Socializing during a break can also help recharge and refresh you! It’s a great break from the computer screen as well.
- IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED A BREAK, TAKE ONE
Break times at work are best when you choose to take them. Listen to your body! When you feel your focus wavering or feel fatigue coming on, give your body the rest it needs. It is vital to discover what works best for you to reap all the benefits of breaks at work. Do what you enjoy during your break time. You deserve it and don’t feel guilty for taking a break either!
This blog is written under the expert guidance of Ms. Lois Grace Mathews, Psychologist at CareMe Health
Edited and Co-ordinated by Arathi Nair
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