Taking regular breaks during the workday is a valuable habit to get into. When a person gets heavily ingrained in work, the brain or body can become tired and, over the course of time, this can impact the quality of work produced. It can also affect levels of productivity.
People who ignore breaks in the workday, or feel they not afforded the opportunity due to pressures on deadlines or other work obligations, can experience many negative effects. On the other hand, taking breaks can help people develop healthier work habits and develop better stress coping mechanisms.
Why Taking Regular Work Breaks is Important
People who don’t take breaks are likely going to eventually experience a significant level of burnout. Everyone needs a break from work at some point. Once burnout arrives, this can lead to other problems at both home and work.
People who are stressed out due to a high pace of activity with no time in between to rest are likely going to become stressed out and exhausted. Taking regular breaks during the workday can help reduce the possibility of developing problems from the ill-effects of stress. Side effects of stress can come in many forms, including, but not limited to migraines, tension headaches and other health issues.
Maintain Level of Quality and Productivity
Those who work without breaks are likely to develop the aforementioned burnout or experience a decline in their quality of work and level of productivity. This is an interesting phenomenon because most people avoid breaks in order to be productive and keep on top of tasks, however often ends up with the opposite result. Tired brains and bodies aren’t able to typically keep up with a fast pace and this can also result in many mistakes, causing the work to need to be redone.
Opportunity to Re-Energize
Taking breaks gives individuals the opportunity to reenergize and be better equipped to face the day. Breaks are a great way to rejuvenate the body and mind; everyone needs rest and by stepping away for a few moments or an hour periodically during the day allows this renewal and a refreshed perspective.
Encourages a Positive Attitude
Those who are well rested and rejuvenated often have a more positive attitude, and a positive perspective can go a long way. Days are cheerier and difficult tasks often seem less daunting. Even a five or fifteen minute break can do wonders.
Maintain Good Health
People who are burnt out, exhausted or stressed out are likely to be more prone to illness. Regular breaks can allow a person to avoid these feelings and effects, and keep his or her natural immune system strong.
Taking regular breaks may not sound like a big deal, but in the realm of things, doing so can go a long way in eliminating many problems in the workplace, home life or individual health.
Leigh has been writing on the web since 2007. She has a high interest in business, tech, higher education, and Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia travel, but loves to write about a variety of topics. In addition to writing on Writedge, she also runs a blog about the Washington DC Metro Area and a photography blog Photos by Leigh Goessl.