It is important to always be active in our day-to-day life and not just sit around wasting our time. Yet at the same time, each and every one of us needs to take regular breaks in order to live a healthy lifestyle. In this article, I will be discussing how breaks can help maintain our mental health when we take them in moderation.
Breaks can significantly influence your productivity:
Working for a long period of time is never good for the sanity of an individual. The stress that accumulates after such long periods of work is a true health hazard that can lead to several types of diseases. Therefore, we should focus on stopping from time to time in order to let our minds relax.
A study made by the tech company Draugiem Group shows just how crucial breaks are in a professional environment. The study was conducted with the help of an application called “DeskTime”. The app monitored the digital activity of each employee. After tracking the activity of the entire staff, the application came with some interesting results. The employees who frequently took breaks managed to get plenty of work done while those who worked for longer and uninterrupted periods of time had issues concentrating on what they were doing.
Taking a break can prevent the risk of diseases:
Even though I mentioned how harmful stress can be for our health, there is still something even more dangerous: sitting down for extended periods of time. It can be truly harmful because it can cause diabetes, obesity, depression and can even sometimes lead to heart disease. Whether you’re an employee working a 9-to-5 job or just a student, it is never recommended to be so sedentary. Luckily there is an easy solution that can prevent such unwanted consequences. You can get up from your computer, TV or whatever that you’re doing and go for a quick jog around the house or you can try doing yoga, even just stretching can help.
Breaks can boost your creativity:
Breaks refresh your mind, making it easier for you to come up with new ideas for your work. Without a break that would “detach” you from work, you will more than probably suffer burnout. And so you will enter a state in which your mind will struggle to function properly.
Although breaks can lead to a healthy lifestyle, you shouldn’t be slacking off for long periods of time. A 10-minute break is recommended every hour. Otherwise, if your breaks last longer than the time you spent working then you’re going to start to be unproductive.
As a conclusion, breaks are vital for our creative process and for our productivity in the office. Among these benefits they can also prevent certain illnesses that can come from a sedentary lifestyle.