A lot of the blog post topics I write about are nothing new but simply reminders of things we already know. I’m writing today to remind you to take a break. Right, easier said than done. Who has time for self care? We all know we should but it’s just not that simple.
I’m writing this right now to remind you to take a break, however you can. If it’s setting your phone alarm for 5 minutes to think about a past vacation or a future one you’d like to take, taking some refreshing, deep breaths, or getting up from your desk to get a drink of water, do it. There are so many ways we can take a break, but you need to actually do it. It takes effort and energy, but you’ll thank yourself in the end.
Experts say that our brains need to take a mental break every 75 to 90 minutes in order to maintain optimal output of functioning. Click here to read a fantastic blog that goes into more detail about how to manage your mental break times. Mental breaks are also important to help manage daily stress levels, which you can find more details about here. Now a-days there are so many gadgets and gizmos to make it work. Like I already mentioned, using your phone alarm is simple enough. Just a few minutes of quiet is all it takes to recharge. And now you can even wear a watch that reminds you to move around more throughout the day to get your steps in. Why not take that opportunity to take a break from what you’re doing to recharge your mind?
That brings me to my next point: you have to really use that time wisely. That means it’s not time to return phone calls, answer emails or texts, or catch up on office gossip with Wanda. Here is a list of 6 midday breaks to help get you started.