Often in our busy lives and worlds, we can become swept up in the busy workload that we have to complete in our normal routines. It’s easy to forget to take a break.
“But hold on,” I hear you already thinking, “I take time off all the time!”
What you’re doing is slacking, which is different from taking a break. Browsing reddit while you’re SUPPOSED to be working or going to get lunch is different. Those kinds of breaks never seem to be recognized by your own mind, and you will quickly become burnt out if you never take actual vacation time out of the time you’re supposed to be working.
Instead, choose to do something deliberate. Make a mental note in your mind: I’m going to go bowling with my family instead of working until 9pm tonight, or something similar. This will make it much easier to remember what relaxation, happiness, and general mental well-being all feel like when you’re in a particularly stressful point of your lives. You may think it’s counter-productive to be intentionally taking time off if you’re stressed about money or work, but you’d be surprised.
In fact, according to Stanford and other researchers, the average person is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes every day. That’s… not a lot of time. They’ve found out that time is better spent relaxing, resting, and making sure your mental and physical health are in tip top shape, and that will actually lead to you being more productive.
Perhaps start by standing up every hour or so that you can get your blood flowing. Additionally, you’re supposed to look away from the computer screen every 20 minutes for optimal ocular-care, but come on. It takes me 20 minutes to figure out what the hell a Discrete Fourier Transform is, so that’s not gonna happen.
I’d recommend every couple hours or so just stretching, getting up, looking around, jumping around, dancing, or just doing something to break up the tedium. It will help you get back to what you were doing better, and it will help your overall well-being.
And finally, here’s a video I edited in a couple minutes of my friend dancing from a kickback that we set up for precisely the reasons stated above.
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