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Feeling Stressed? Take 15.

By Amy Ouzoonian

Powering through is so 2022.

employee staring at an apple computer screen.

Many of us feel like we need to power through our workdays without taking any breaks, but in reality,

taking a short break can actually help increase productivity and reduce stress levels. Taking breaks can ensure longer stretches of productivity and creative thoughts can take place.

Many Americans don't realize that they are burned out. One 2023 study found that 89% of Americans have suffered the effects of burn out this past year.* So, we might think that the headache or stomach ache we're experiencing is a chronic migraine or ulcer, when it's really your body just saying, hey, can we go for a walk? Or take a break from staring at your computer or phone?

Moving your body on a short walk can help you to move some of the stress and awaken your body. Taking a 15-minute break can help reduce stress levels. When we're feeling overwhelmed and stressed, our brains can become fatigued, making it difficult to focus and complete tasks efficiently. By taking a break from work and going for a short walk or checking in with a friend, we can give our brains time to rest and recharge, allowing us to return to work with renewed focus and energy.

Taking a break can improve our overall well-being. Sitting at a desk all day can be detrimental to our physical health, leading to issues such as back pain, eye strain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. By taking a short break to stretch, walk around, or simply relax, we can reduce the risk of these physical ailments and improve our overall health and well-being.

Thirdly, taking a break can enhance creativity and problem-solving skills. When we step away from our work for a short time, we give our minds a chance to wander and explore new ideas. This can help us approach problems from a fresh perspective, leading to more creative and innovative solutions.

Taking a break from work can help improve relationships with colleagues. By taking a few minutes to chat with coworkers or grab a coffee together, we can build stronger relationships, foster a more positive work environment, and increase job satisfaction.

In conclusion, taking a 15-minute break when you're feeling stressed at work can have numerous benefits for your overall well-being, productivity, and creativity. So, the next time you're feeling overwhelmed, try taking a short break and see how it can improve your workday.

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