The importance of taking regular breaks to refresh, energise and refocus is vital to our wellbeing and the quality of our day.
Immersing yourself in a work intensive day without sufficient breaks can be exhausting and can lead to making silly mistakes or producing work that is not up to our usual standard.
Being burnt out as a result of this imbalance does not help tackle our to do lists, nor does it help our productivity or motivation.
It is really important to be aware of where your breaks fit into your scheduled day.
That you get the chance to reflect, to take a breather and to destress by making your breaks productive and focused to your needs.
Exercise breaks are a great way to refocus, clear our minds and destress.
Try fitting in a couple of exercise classes into your weekly schedule or even doing online short classes in the morning, your lunch break or wherever you notice your day is more hectic and stressful.
Savour a hot drink with a nice view and really enjoy the ritual rather than getting your next caffeine fix in a rush to get you through the day.
Fresh air is so therapeutic, try to fit in walks whenever you can rather than being cooped up indoors all day.
Make sure you do not skip meals for anything. You will not be at your best without taking care of yourself, your body needs nourishing meals to keep going so try to eat well, keep snacks on you and a bottle of water wherever you go.
Productive breaks can include meditating to clear your head, writing in your journal for a quick 5 minutes to get your worries and thoughts out on paper.
It could be booking in a quick massage to relax you, reorganising your work area so you are not distracted by clutter.
Try different things that puts you first in your hectic day to day routine.
Add in spontaneous treats you can look forward to, as motivation to get a certain set of tasks completed.
Just make space for yourself, for self care, to ensure that you are taken care of amidst all the things you do for others.
Because without prioritising those precious breaks for just you, days and weeks become one long monotonous routine.
Productive breaks will result in a more productively functioning you.
So make time for real breaks and think of ways they can best serve you in the most joyful of ways.
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