Taking Breaks Is Important for Your Whole-Self

It can seem counter intuitive, but taking time away from work actually helps us work better. In fact, by not taking breaks we open ourselves up to a slew of serious threats – for our mind, body, and soul. It is for your own benefit – and the benefit of your managers, colleagues, clients, family, and friends – that you regularly make time to separate yourself from your work. 

Take breaks for your mind. 

Our brains need time to relax in order to stay motivated, productive, and creative. Like any muscle, downtime is just as important as active time if you want to increase your agility and capacity. If you start to feel yourself unable to make a decision or second guessing your every thought or action, your mind is telling you it is overloaded or exhausted. 

Time away from our desks – especially when spent moving – improves our memory and increases our neural connections. In simple terms? Take a break if you are searching for that next big idea. 

Take breaks for your body.

A typical job today does not look like it did twenty years ago. Many people spend their entire workday sitting in front of a computer, whereas our parents and grandparents were often on their feet and running around. This generation is experiencing severe health effects that are only starting to come to light. 

Chances are you have probably seen a headline along the lines of: “sitting is the new smoking.” And while this might sound like hyperbole, it is 100% grounded in reality. Our bodies were not designed to spend so much time stagnant. Doing so increases risk of heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, depression, obesity, and so much more. If you care about your life expectancy, it is critical that you get up and move around. 

Take breaks for your soul. 

Burnout results in turnover. This should come as no surprise since our mind, body, and soul are all interconnected. When you feel bored at work or begin to experience lower confidence levels, you might start to wonder whether or not you are valued in your current position. We spend so much time at the office that it is really important that this time feels meaningful. 

That said, you need to be using your breaks wisely. Spending half an hour scrolling through Facebook or gossiping with your colleagues is not a productive break. Instead, actively focus on your goals or an activity that brings you satisfaction or peace. 

Conscious Restoration 

There are a lot of people who have been conditioned to believe that the one who works through lunch will get the promotion. Or that you need to stay late if anyone is going to recognize you for what you are worth. This is simply not true, and it is a misconception that can have serious health risks. Instead of trying to spend more time at the office, try to make your time more productive. You will get more done – and produce higher quality work as a result, not to mention a happier self.

 

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