Taking Time Out of Your Day to Enjoy a Break

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There is no doubt that our lives are more full of commitments than they have been in the past, whether that is balancing work and family commitments or keeping busy with chores or studying.

There is no doubt that our lives are more full of commitments than they have been in the past, whether that is balancing work and family commitments or keeping busy with chores or studying. Everyone needs a break sometimes and there are few things we love more than to take a coffee break to give us time to relax and unwind throughout the day. In fact, taking regular breaks helps you to maintain your focus and keeps you from feeling undue fatigue, whatever you are working on.

There are many things you can do to make the most of your break times, and this is key to feeling the maximum benefits. Whether you are working on a project for your job, studying for a test, working on a hobby that you love, or are doing something mundane such as filling in paperwork, taking a break can help you to feel refreshed and ready to handle whatever you are up against.

If you have been hard at work then it can be tempting to just let your break times fly by, but this is not the best use of the time you have been allotted. There are several things you can do to squeeze every last moment out of your breaks so that every minute counts, and we will discuss some of the best ways you can use your breaks in this article.

Chat with a friend

Sometimes the exact thing we need when we are feeling tired during a break is to talk to a friend. Talking with friends is reinvigorating and helps us to take our minds off what we were doing and puts us in a different head space. Whether you speak to them face to face, give them a call, or just send a message or two you will find that it sets you up nicely to carry on with your day.

Go for a walk

Walking is a great way to spend your breaks as it means you can enjoy some time outside the office or home. Getting in a short, brisk walk will make you feel more energised as it raises your heart rate slightly, and if it is sunny outside you will get a boost of vitamin D, which is essential for health.

Grab a coffee

Even if you only have 5 minutes to spare, you can use a bean to cup machine or a pod coffee machine to quickly brew a barista style drink which will give you a caffeine boost. Caffeine is a mild stimulant which raises your alertness and helps to combat the afternoon slump. Not only will a nice cup of coffee wake you up, it also tastes great!

Do some puzzles

Whether you use your smartphone or keep it traditional with a puzzle book, puzzles such as word searches, crosswords, sudoku and jigsaws are great ways to spend your break. They will take your focus away from what you were doing before to help you clear your mind and pass the time. These are ideal for rainy days when going for a walk is impractical, and they are a good choice if you prefer to keep your mind active and engaged during break times.

Read a book

Reading is something that most people enjoy doing, and there are many different materials to choose from, including glossy magazines, novels, informational books and educational texts - whatever floats your boat! If you only have short breaks then choose something that is easy to dip in and out of so you won’t be disrupted when your break ends.

Stretches and yoga

Whether you are working on something that requires you to sit for long periods of time or you are doing something active on your feet, doing some stretches or yoga during your break can ease your muscles and joints, and can help you avoid issues that can come from poor posture or being seated for extended periods.

Play a game

Many workplaces and other such buildings often have things like pool tables, games consoles and table tennis for their patrons or employees to use. This is a great way to spend your breaks, especially if you have some friendly colleagues to play with.

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There is no doubt that our lives are more full of commitments than they have been in the past, whether that is balancing work and family commitments or keeping busy with chores or studying. Everyone needs a break sometimes and there are few things we love more than to take a coffee break to give us time to relax and unwind throughout the day. In fact, taking regular breaks helps you to maintain your focus and keeps you from feeling undue fatigue, whatever you are working on.

There are many things you can do to make the most of your break times, and this is key to feeling the maximum benefits. Whether you are working on a project for your job, studying for a test, working on a hobby that you love, or are doing something mundane such as filling in paperwork, taking a break can help you...

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