The Power of Breaks

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Back pain, fatigue, lack of concentration are all signs that your body needs a break. Yet many people don’t know what it means to take a proper break. More and more employees are even skipping them due to excessive workload and time pressure, without thinking about the long-term consequences. After all, regular breaks at work are significantly important to ensure your health and occupational safety.


Why are breaks important?

 Breaks during working hours are not a waste of time. On the contrary, they help to boost your creativity, productivity and performance. If you regularly let your body rest, you prevent fatigue and stay motivated through the workday. Your brain also needs a little downtime to review and internalize what you have learned. 

Your body will thank you if you do not only think about work but also about your health regular recovery periods and your own safety. Regular breaks lower the stress level and reduce the risk of a burnout. The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) drew attention to the fact that frequent breaks resulted in fewer accidents and lower absenteeism in companies.[1]


Signs that you need a break

  • neck and shoulder tension
  • tiredness and exhaustion
  • dull feeling up to a headache
  • concentration difficulties
  • dry eyes
  • irritability


    What employers can do

    Breaks are regulated by law. Therefore, it must be ensured that employees receive sufficient break time and take advantage of it. It is important that the rest time is strictly separated from the working time. Employees returned to work most effectively and refreshed when they were allowed to organize their own recovery periods. Since social contact is notably lacking in the home office, employer could set up a platform where employees could get together during breaks to strengthen organizational ties.[2]


    Tips for your break organization 

      1. Ventilation
        Every two hours for 5 minutes, shock ventilation has a positive effect on the indoor air quality and your concentration.
      1. Contrast program
        The proper contrast is crucial. Long periods of sitting should be followed by a period of movement. But the change of environment and task also gives your body a time-out.
      1. Stretching exercise
        Intensive stretching exercises at work relax the neck-shoulder muscles and promote correct posture.    


      „Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges.

      So relax.”

      ~ Bryant McGill





      [1] Mach mal Pause – aber richtig! 

      [2] Psychische Gesundheit in der Arbeitswelt