Take a Break
Balancing time with work, family, friends, and other hobbies can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You try to put in more hours, waking up early and staying awake late to catch up, but you never seem to make any headway.
Research shows us that this may not be the most productive thing to do. Pushing oneself to work harder without breaks may be less productive then taking a break.
We don’t have endless resources for energy, cognition, and attention. Even taking a 60 second break can help give you time enough to replenish your energy stores in order to be more productive. Brains need rest in order to stay creative and focused on a task. Take a break to stretch, and think about the goals at hand. When we take a respite we can reevaluate what we are trying to accomplish.
How to recharge:
- Go for a walk
- Take time away from technology to relax and unplug
- Take time to hydrate
- Eat a proper lunch, or take time for a nutritious snack
- Take a power nap
- Get up & stretch
- Listen to an uplifting song
- Read a book
- Talk to a loved one
- See your chiropractor/acupuncturist
- Do yoga
Start by adding breaks into your daily routine. It can be a 15-20 minute break twice a day or a 10-minute break every hour. We hold a lot of stress in our shoulders & neck when we are focused on working. Take time to recharge, refocus, and renew!
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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
LA Times “Taking Breaks From Work Is Vital” – Joyce E.A. Russell