(DailyVibe.com) – Taking breaks can help us feel more energized, but when we’re dealing with deadlines or heavy work loads, it may be difficult to unplug without feeling the pressure to return to work. Scientific studies have shown, however, that taking breaks can actually make us more productive b. improving focus and efficiency.
Here are eight tips for unplugging and making the most of the breaks that we take:
Take a Social Media Break
Studies have shown that spending too much time on social media can create stress, particularly as we learn about distressing events in the news or in the lives of our friends. Try skipping the daily scroll to make the most out of break time.
Make a Schedule to Take Regular Breaks
A study in Cognition shows that regular breaks can help us be more productive. Even short breaks can help us focus better when we return to our tasks. By putting breaks in our schedule, possibly even setting an alarm for them, we may find that we are able to perform tasks more efficiently while feeling better rested. Make it a point to take small breaks throughout the day.
Take It Outside
For optimal breaks, consider going outdoors and spending some time in nature. Doing so can not only improve work performance, but can also help relieve stress, reduce depression, improve memory, and improve focus.
Have a Healthy Snack
Did you know a protein-rich snack can help with cognitive function? Not only that, but a study in The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging found foods lower on the glycemic index are better at satisfying hunger and providing lasting energy.
Take a Walk
Researchers at the University of São Paulo found that even short intervals of exercise can lead to improved memory and attention. Stanford University researchers also found that walking is linked to higher levels of creativity.
Watch a Funny Video
Researchers at the University of New South Wales found that viewing humorous material can reduce stress, increase productivity, boost morale, and help with motivation for task completion. Whether that looks like watching a funny cat video, checking out trending memes, or even watching the latest hilarious TikTok, taking a time out for humor could actually improve your work performance.
Even a brief 10-minute meditation has been shown to improve attention and enhance performance. When taking a time out during the day, squeeze in a short meditation. Apps like Calm and Insight Timer offer short, guided meditations.
While daydreaming may not seem like a productive use of a break, an article in the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that allowing the mind to wander is associated with improved productivity and creativity.
As we make time for more breaks, we can focus on these techniques to get the most of our time. This will help us return to work refreshed and help alleviate our stress during the day.
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