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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Workday Breaks

As if you need any more reasons or excuses to take a break or two at work, it is important to know that more and more scientific studies are showing that, yes, breaks and vacations are actually very beneficial to a person’s overall physical and mental health and well being. In fact, taking just a little bit of time out of each and every work day to meditate, reflect, or just relax has been shown to actually improve cognitive functioning and provide a healthy boost to the memory and creative thinking areas of the brain.

Now that you know the benefits of taking breaks from your work, it is also important to know about how exactly you can make the most out of these breaks. Since it turns out that there are certain behaviors and habits that make taking breaks that much more healthy and beneficial for you, I’m sure you would like to know more about why this is the case.

The good news to be had here is that I recently came across an article post by Care 2 that describes what health professionals and experts recommend that their patients do while taking a break in order to really gain the most amount of benefits for their health. Keep on reading further to find out what you should be doing while taking a few minutes for yourself in order to better improve your physical and mental health and wellness.

While practicing meditation, yoga, or mindfulness techniques are all very beneficial things to do during a break, some people have trouble concentrating on these rituals. If this is the case with you, you may find benefit from choosing to focus on an activity you enjoy during your break, rather than simply sitting and twiddling your thumbs for a few minutes. This can include everything from completing a crossword puzzle to reading a chapter of a good book you enjoy. If you feel a decrease in your energy levels, you may want to take a short walk outside during yourbreak for improved circulation and a natural mood boost. 

Studies have also shown that it is best to take short breaks frequently, such as a ten or fifteen minute break every two hours. What’s more is that breaks that are taken earlier in a shift or work day tended to be more beneficial for a worker’s health, so be sure to use your allotted break time earlier in the day if you can. 

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