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5 Different Breaks You Should Take – Starting Today!

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You either clicked on this title because deep down you desperately need a break or because you don’t know yet that you really do need a break and clicked it because the thought of a break made you laugh. Either way, here you are, looking for reasons to take a break.

Honestly, do you really need someone to tell you that everyone needs breaks? From independent contractors to CEO’s to students to parents, we all need breaks. We need them to recharge, to recoup, to organize our thoughts, to de-stress, to calm down and to well energize our body and mind. Those are the common reasons we need breaks.

Why you should take breaks?

  1. To meet friends
    Yes, to meet friends or even family members. Sometimes we work so much, we forget the importance of friends and family, the importance of connectivity. We network sure but that’s not the same as meeting a long time friend for lunch. You need to eat lunch anyway, so schedule regular lunch dates with someone who is NOT part of your work group. Chat away, enjoy the time and forget about work for just an hour. Best part – good food to nourish your body and brain. See Also (15 Things We Need To Stop Doing In Order To Be Happier)

  2. To watch nature
    Yep, watching nature has a tranquil effect on most people. You miss out on the beauty of nature if you are cooped up in the office or if you work as a freelancer running from appointment to appointment. Have you really explored the area around your job? Have you been to the city park during your break and soaked in the sun and marveled in the beauty of spring flowers? Is work stressing you? Take a break and go for a walk around the block, look for the beauty and breathe.

  3. To yoga
    Yes, to yoga. Or to Pilates, or to stretch. If you work a lot like I do you may not realize right away that your body is absolutely tense and that the posture you have isn’t good for you either. For example, for my main job, I work virtually full-time at an online marketing agency (and a great one at that – I get to work in my jammies if I want) and I believe in keeping a schedule just like I would at a regular job.

So I sit at my desk from 9-6 writing, working, teaching, learning, etc. I also have my own photography business where I have to hold and carry my equipment and stand still/tense most of the time. What I used to forget is the importance of moving. After a while my body started hurting and I HAD to stretch. I did some research and learned that tense and stress isn’t good for your body or soul and that corporations send teams to corporate yoga retreats to de-stress and energize. That’s awesome!

But since I don’t have that I started to yoga in the morning ( not sure if I do it right, but I do basic poses and it helps!) and I go for daily walks. Sometimes only for a quick 10 min walk but it’s amazing how different it makes me feel and it actually increased my productivity. I feel lighter and ready to take on more.

  1. To nap.
    There is a reason the Google Complex offers “Nap Pods” for its employees. A quick and short nap, if you can squeeze it in, can make all the difference. Relax and sleep. Be honest, we all NEED a NAP.

  2. To play.
    It doesn’t matter what you play. A game on your phone, a quick game of B-Ball, or even a game of cards with co-workers (if you have them and they are willing), can relax you in no time and help you re-focus. Granted, the more physical games take longer and require showers and another set of clothes but if you work extended hours in a high stress job – it can release tension and pent up energy and help you regain your focus. For me, as a professed gamer, nothing helps me faster than playing a game on the PS4. Find out what works for you.

I understand that work is important and so is a career. I also understand that you can get lost in work because you love your job. But I also have learned to understand the importance of breaks not just for productivities sake, but for the sake of your health and your mind and soul. There is a reason that doctors have been diagnosing “Burnout Syndrome” in a lot of employees and business owners.

We don’t take care of ourselves anymore. We are too busy making excuses why we don’t have time for breaks, why we will just finish one, two, three more things and then we will take the break that we end up talking ourselves out of again. Yes, long and wordy sentence but I had to say it. You need to take care of yourself, it doesn’t matter if it’s with small breaks throughout the day or with de-stress programs that teach you relaxation.

When was the last time you took consistent, planned or unplanned breaks and recharged? Did they help? Share your thoughts, I’d love to discuss because learning to break is important.

Photo source: Luciano Brito via flickr

 

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Sanket

    March 16, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Nice advice.
    I just took a big 5 day break out of my busy(studies and job both) life. I m married but as my wife was busy, I went out with my friend, my roommate in hostel from my bachelor degree. We met after 4 years. It was so much fun. We use to make random plans during our bachelor days and we realized even after this many years and responsibilities and age , we still made a random plan to visit some places (personal). It was so much fun. U can’t enjoy “all” things with family. Take time out for trip with friends. Thanks !

    • Deanna Ayres

      March 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      I agree! I love my family but sometimes you need friends and a break from “every day life” 🙂

  2. Jennifer Clay

    March 16, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I have been going through a hard time lately and I realized that I needed to take time out of my busy life to spend time with my friends and family and have me time. It feels nice to take a break.

    • Deanna Ayres

      March 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      You need to take breaks and allow your body to relax. Friends and family (hopefully) help the soul to relax and recharge. Even once a week is better than once a month.

  3. Jeanne Melanson

    March 16, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Nap? Did I hear someone say nap? Napping is one of my favorite things. It’s my “time out”. That and taking a nice brisk walk to get away from my stress for awhile. This is a good post and I thank you for sharing and reminding us that we do, indeed, need breaks. Peace

  4. Esha

    March 18, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Nice post dear 🙂

  5. Annette's Didier

    March 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    First, very thanks for your time invested in charing your positive, constructive reality.

    The last time I gave break to my body and mind is just in the last hours indeed.

    I gave them extra sleep right in the afternoon for seral hours.

    Professionally that could be a problem but my reasoning is: is BETTER THE QUALITY FACTOR THAN THE QUANTITY.

    But sure I am an independent worker.

    Nevertheless, I have been employed (making sales in construction) 19 years old and get 5 times the salary of an awarage worker while resting body but nourishing my mind during the whole day and only working 2 or 3 hours at the end. I broke this tendency and level of income the day I accepted to use the rest of my day to work instead to relax…

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