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Live Well: Take a (Healthy) Break

April 22, 2023


You might think that a “model” person is one who works nonstop all day long. But that’s not true (or healthy, or effective).

Research shows that taking short breaks throughout the workday delivers a lot of benefits. It can boost your productivity, memory, and job satisfaction. Stepping away for a few minutes can also help you make better decisions and improve your mental and physical health.

One way to reenergize yourself during a break is to do something that uses a different part of your brain than you were using for work. This helps to reset your brain’s ability to focus.

That makes exercise a great way to take a break. In addition to helping you recharge your mind, it can also improve your circulation, ease cramped muscles, and decrease stress. Even just a quick walk or some basic stretches will do.

If exercise isn’t an option, getting fresh air, meditating or taking some deep breaths can also help you recharge. Having a healthy snack and a glass of water is another great way to revive your mind and body.

Whatever you do to take a break, try to unplug from work entirely (including your phone and email)—even if it’s just for a few minutes.