The following article is a guest post.
Knowing how to take a break and come back refreshed is one of the keys to success, because no one can go 100 percent all the time.
A lap or two around the block may be the best way to take a quick break and get back into the game.
Numerous studies indicate that stress relief is actually walking’s primary benefit, mostly because physical activity releases endorphins, which help relax jumbled minds and increase focus. Moreover, when you’re back at your desk, you’ll probably have more energy after your walk, so you can put your plans into action.
Even mobility-impaired people can reap these benefits, with the help of a quad walking cane or other device.
Sometimes, due to bad weather or whatever, a walk around the block is not an option. That’s okay, because there are some other effective ways to give your body, and your mind, the brief rest it needs and deserves.
Step Away from The Desk
Scrolling through YouTube videos or a Twitter feed does not really count as a break.
While social media breaks are certainly better than nothing, because they do allow your brain to disengage, at least to some extent, workplace breaks should do more than just change the channel on your mental TV.
So, even if you cannot get outside, step away from your desk.
It’s usually a good idea to combine social interaction with your breaks, so take this opportunity to say hello to a co-worker. Chances are, especially if she’s really busy, she’ll welcome the brief interruption.
The 90-Minute Burst
When we go to conventions, we usually remember the first speaker and the last speaker but do not remember the ones in the middle without looking at the program. Similarly, when people hear a series of five or six numbers, they usually only recall the first and last ones.
Therefore, most people should probably work for about an hour and a half, and then take a break.
Walking gets the brain going, which is why some boxers jump in their corners between rounds.
Even walking to the bathroom and back might do the trick.
The Big Break
Every American worker finishes each year with an average of nine unused vacation days. That figure is even more significant when considering that many people only get ten or fifteen days a year.
Just like small breaks make us more productive during the day, larger breaks make us more productive during the year.
In addition to the break itself, evidence suggests that anticipation about a coming trip improves wellbeing for up to two months prior to departure.
If possible, try to find someone to cover at least part of your workload while you’re away, or else the extra post-vacation work might essentially defeat the purpose of taking a break.
That last point sums up why many people do not take vacations and breaks. They simply believe that there will be too much extra work when they get back to their desks.
Even if that is true, the mental and physical benefits of breaks cannot be denied. Besides, an extra infusion of work may be just what some people need to get them back in the swing of things, so it’s all good.