Taking “micro breaks” at work will help you optimize your energy levels throughout the day. Being mindful about your break time will help you end the day with energy, instead of exhaustion.
A Science-Backed Guide to Taking Truly Restful Breaks
by Christian Jarrett (@Psych_Writer)
Tips & Tricks:
Step 1: Fully switch off
Avoid cognitive non-work activities that involve willpower or concentration during your break, since those only add to your fatigue levels. Focus on relaxing activities (like daydreaming or stretching, even naps) and socializing (like chatting with colleagues).
Step 2: Take short breaks early and often
Morning breaks, surprisingly, are more beneficial than afternoon ones. Don’t wait until you are tired before taking a break. The key here is to take breaks often, even a couple of minutes is enough. It’s one reason why the Pomodoro technique is so effective.
Step 3: Get out of the office
Eating in or even talking shop during lunch actually adds to your fatigue. Switch off work by talking short walks, strolling at a nearby park and enjoying the greenery.
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