3 Reasons Why You Need To Take Breaks At Work


Small business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders are almost always working, whether they’re in the office or not. But being always ‘on’ is not good for your mental and physical health. Taking time off and resting is better for your business in the long run.

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will no withdraw from us.” — Maya Angelou

Quill.com’s new post is about just that! It is called 10 reasons why you need to take breaks during the day. It offers great suggestions on why taking regular breaks at work are important. Besides alleviating stress and re-framing your state of mind and attitude, taking breaks has other benefits as well. These are my favorite 3 reasons from Quill.com’s post:

Increased productivity

A small diversion once an hour or so can actually help your brain perform better. Working for long periods without a breather can cause our brains to perceive the task as less important and we lose concentration. According to a study done by the University of Illinois, “brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.”

Physical movement boosts health

Getting up throughout the day improves circulation and keeps your brain functioning optimally. This protects your physical health too and could mean fewer sick days.

According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, after adjustments were made for smoking, body mass index, and other factors, the time spent sitting was associated with higher mortality rates in both women and men.

Personal development time

Short breaks are a great way to switch tasks and do something for your personal growth. This can make you more valuable to your workplace over time and makes a great case for a stocked up break room.

Adding rockers and lounge chairs to your break room along with some well-stocked bookshelves will encourager breakers to read, learn, and grow. Motivation for a little office redesign.

However you choose to take breaks, make them a priority. Your mind, body, and team will thank you. Do you know of other benefits from taking breaks? Leave a comment below.

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