Why take a break?

Have you ever gotten stumped by a problem, decided to take a break, and then later found that the answer magically came to you in a burst of inspiration? 

 

If so, you know the power of strategic breaks to refresh your brain and help you see a

situation in a new way.

Why Take Breaks?

  • Movement breaks, are essential for your physical and emotional health. 

Constant sitting—whether at your desk, the TV, or work, puts you at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Getting up from your chair to walk, stretch,

do Tai Chi or yoga, or whatever activity you prefer can reduce the negative health effects

from too much sitting. Just a 5-minute walkabout break every hour can improve your

health and well-being. 

  • Breaks restore motivation, especially for long-term goals.

  • Breaks increase productivity and creativity. Working for long stretches without breaks leads to stress and exhaustion. Taking breaks refreshes the mind, replenishes your mental resources, and helps you become more creative.

  • Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.

Good Breaks:

  • Walk or exercise. A walking break can led to more creative ideas than a sitting break. 

  • Connect with nature. Some time spent in nature can help to reduce anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. 

  • Take a few deep breaths. They don’t call a rest “taking a breather” for nothing. Deliberately taking slow, deep breaths and focusing on your breathing just for 30 seconds is a mini-meditation that can relax your mind and body. 

  • Meditate. Mindfulness meditation offers a temporary respite.

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