Benefits Of Short Breaks at Work
Studies have found that short 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.
This article gives you three main reasons why you should take short breaks at work, and gives you tips on how to use these short breaks in an effective manner.
1.It keeps you healthy
You can spend your breaks doing some physical exercise. You can choose to either take a walk or do some stretches. Physical exercise while on break refreshes you both physically and psychologically.
If your work requires you to sit for long stretches, it can have an adverse effect on your body in the long term. This is usually the case even if you observe the right posture while sitting.
Maintaining a single posture for long hours puts pressure on some joints and muscles while others remain largely unused.
If you’re in this category, it is best that you take walks during your break or perform full body stretches after every hour.
This means that your break should not include sitting to watch a movie or play a game. You need to get your butt off that chair and move around. It also helps in the proper blood circulation.
2. Increases your ability to focus for long time periods
It’s not very easy to maintain maximum focus on a single task for long periods. The amount of time spent on a task before concentration starts to fade varies from person to person.
While some people can stay focused for up to an hour, others struggle to get beyond 30 minutes. When you take breaks, it’s a way of pressing the “reset” button in your mind.
If you can only stay focused on a task for 30 minutes, taking a five-minute break after 25 minutes will help reset your focus when you resume.
I’ll advise that you spend that break detached from the task completely. A good way of detaching from your immediate work environment is listening to music with the earbuds that will isolate the noise.
It takes you out of the environment without you needing to leave the room. Your short break should be enough to listen to one or two songs from your favorite playlist.
After 5-7 minutes, you’re good to go again. This method works well if you need instant continuity. The break is long enough to keep you refreshed and not lose track when you resume the task.
3. Taking intermittent breaks can help you reach your goals faster.
Taking intermittent breaks can help you reach your goals faster. I know it sounds contradictory, saying that you finish something faster when you have stops in between. However, the truth is that breaks help you to recalibrate and access your process so far.
Sometimes, we forget ourselves in the task that we don’t see that our methods are not working. In such times, what you need is a break to step back and see things from a fresh perspective.
You will not achieve much by moving fast in the wrong direction.
Taking a pause every now and then helps you review the direction of your task and make adjustments if necessary.
If that does not help, feel free to Book a Free 15 Minute Consultation with one of our therapists at Waterfront Physio & Rehab to assist you reaching your maximum performance and health goals.