Research on elite athletes shows that the most efficient competitors are able to relax and drop their heart rates between bursts of effort. They’re peak performers, in part, because they aren’t “performing” every minute. The moral for us mortals is that we, too, perform best when we take regular breaks. The most relaxing, and, therefore, most effective breaks are those that offer a complete change of pace. If you work at a desk, for example, don’t play a video game or surf the net on your break; get up and take a short walk, preferably outside, or do some stretches, instead. Change your position, change what you see and hear and you’ll come back to your tasks refreshed and ready to work.
Stressed & Unproductive? Take a Break