Working eight hours straight and foregoing breaks to prove commitment? That’s nonsense! Especially at a time when time pressure and workload are increasing, breaks are more important than ever.
Many benefits accrue from taking regular breaks:
- They have a positive effect on performance and productivity.
- Less fatigue.
- The risk of headaches is reduced.
- The probability of occupational accidents decreases.
However, the first thing to be clear is that breaks are needed. Nothing good will be done to one’s own health if breaks are dispensed with. In the next step, it is important to plan the breaks already at the beginning of the work. 100% can be given between the breaks. During breaks, however, it is important to relax and allow the body to rest. The frequency and duration of the breaks must be determined individually because each person has different needs.
There are many different ways to spend your breaks:
- Get fresh air: Oxygen and a brief change of scenery help you relax and concentrate better afterwards.
- Chatting with colleagues: Conversations in which you talk about current events, private matters or concerns can be relaxing.
- Relaxation exercises: Yoga and relaxation exercises help prevent tension in the back and neck area and thus pain.
- Listening to music: Listening to your favorite song with your eyes closed also helps you switch off for a short while.
- Drawing or writing: For many people, writing down or drawing thoughts is relaxing.
- Progressive muscle relaxation: Here, individual muscle groups are briefly tensed in sequence and then relaxed again. In this way, the whole body relaxes within a few minutes.
- Switch off sources of interference: Sources of interference such as a telephone should be switched off to guarantee relaxation.