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Could breaks (real breaks) mean less wasted time at work?

Could breaks (real breaks) mean less time wasted at work? H Why breaks are so + important Breaks are vital to your health and to your ability to do your job well. H Working for too long strains your muscles and leads to pain. Sitting for too long strains the neck and back. • Standing for too long is hard on the feet, legs, and back. Using the computer for too long strains the arms, wrists, and hands. When muscles don't have enough opportunities to relax, pain can worsen and slow you down. The brain is like a muscle. It gets tired after working for too long. Humans are not biologically or physically wired to focus on one task for very long, and forcing it won't help. When your brain gets tired, you will: 000010 A0110010 100010 011 001000 0101 001000 J0001 011000 00010 00100000 01111 01110010 01001 0110111 00101 0010 X Lose concentration 101111 6 1111 01 01110 01 01100001 01 10001010 01 X Be less able to absorb information X Be less able to solve problems Not taking breaks can lead to: X Higher stress X Irritability X Long-term health risks such as depression, heart disease, and diabetes H Know where your state stands on breaks Federal law does not require employers to give breaks or lunch breaks; however, some states make it mandatory. States with mandatory breaks or lunch breaks States with no mandatory breaks or lunch breaks Short breaks typically last 5 to 20 minutes and are regarded as paid time. Lunch periods typically last 30 minutes to an hour and are generally regarded as unpaid time. In Colorado, employers must give paid 10-minute rest breaks for each 4-hour work period. Employers are required to give nonexempt nursing mothers break time for nursing and breast-pumping purposes. Annnnd break! Here are some recommendations for when and how long you should take a break Work for Work for 90 minutes. 52 minutes. Take a break for 15 to Take a break for 17 20 minutes. minutes. The Pomodoro technique Work for 25 minutes and take a break for 5 minutes. After four sets, take a break for 15 to 30 minutes. The 20-20-20 rule It is good for those who work at a computer all day as it helps eyes rehydrate and relax. Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. 20 Bask in your best break ever Try one of these tips to get more out of your break. Walk Stretch Stretch your arms, legs, and back. A This helps relieve muscle tension. Nature walks are best. Stretching gets blood flowing and gets I Exercise for an hour if you have a flexible oxygen to the brain. schedule. This helps in the afternoon when you may have a harder time focusing. Eat or get coffee A If your company has a parking garage, consider walking there. Start at the bottom and do a complete circuit of each floor. Read, listen to music, or watch a video A Food and drink help keep you alert. Get something healthy or caffeinated. Talk Relax your mind by letting it wander into an imaginary world. A Look for books that are escapist or about self-improvement, or pick something light that you enjoy. I Humans are social creatures. Having a conversation with a friend can help you feel rejuvenated. Read somewhere other than your desk. Seek out a window or a spot outside in the sun. Give yourself a mini spa experience Sing A Rub essential oil into your temples. Apply some hand cream to hands, It's nearly impossible to feel bad when you're belting out a tune. elbows, and other dry areas. Dab on some eye cream. The pulsing of the vocal cords causes a physical vibration that works to calm the body. / If you are not comfortable singing in the office, try singing in your car. A Turn on your favorite music. Lie horizontally Take 10 deep, slow breaths through the nose. Desk workers tend to slouch. Live plants on your desk can also help. This can compress the spine and ribs, impede proper breathing, and tighten the neck and shoulder muscles. Go home and connect with family or pets Counteract this by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on Just a few minutes being around those you love can recharge you. the floor for 10 to 20 minutes. / Doing this allows / It can help you muscles in the neck unwind and to release, the chest remember why you work hard every day. and shoulders to widen, and the body to release tension. Distractions at work can steal your productivity, but taking regular breaks can help keep you focused and improve your overall well-being. Sources: dorncompanies.com hr360.com inc.com smallbusiness.chron.com Quill.om A small part of your job is 1C0% of ours.

Could breaks (real breaks) mean less wasted time at work?

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Not taking work breaks can lead to higher stress, irritability or even long-term health risks. See how you can get more out of work breaks with this guide.

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