In today’s fast-paced world it seems old fashioned to take a break for lunch or a vacation but that’s exactly what we should be doing. It’s especially true if we want to be productive and creative. Taking breaks gives our minds and bodies time to recover and reset. While it might be an old idea, we think taking breaks should stick around.
Think about the last time you were on vacation. Did it feel good to sit in the sun listening to the waves? Was it freeing to sleep in and have breakfast at lunchtime? Many of us don’t realize how important it is to take a break from our hectic lives and just be present. It’s refreshing.
If we’re staying at our desks and not even looking up for a glass of water, our bodies slow down.
Don’t let that happen to you!
Here are our tips for taking breaks:
- Use a timer. Try working for 50 minutes of every hour then walking away from your computer. Don’t pick up your phone or check email. Leave the devices behind and go for a walk, stretch, play with your dog, or grab a snack. You will return with a clear mind ready for the next task on your list.
- Schedule time off. Because many court reporters work from home, we’re able to make our own schedules. All too often we work weekends when we should be making time for friends and family. While you may work a weekend a month, make sure you’re also making time for yourself and your family. That includes lunch dates, weekends away from work, and vacations.
- Eat healthy and drink water. When you’re dehydrated or hungry your brain won’t work as efficiently. Eat snacks throughout the day that include protein like almonds, apples or celery with peanut butter, or protein shakes in addition to larger meals. Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. You’ll notice you feel fueled for the workday.
- Sleep. Our brains slow the processing of information so much that you pulling an all-nighter is likely ineffective to get anything worthwhile completed. If only you slept 6-8 hours you’d be better able to finish your project.
- Get up and move. Research shows lack of movement is as detrimental to healthy living as smoking was for previous generations! Include activity like walking in your daily routine to benefit your overall health.
When you take a break, whether it’s a ten minute walk, an hour for lunch, or an extended vacation, you come back feeling renewed. You might even feel more creative. For sure, you’re rested and ready to take on whatever life hands you.