Why You Should Start Taking Breaks

Working hard is integral to growing a successful business, but too much work can actually impede the growth of your moving company.

Overworking can lead to chronic stress and job burnout, which can prevent even the most hardworking employee from doing their best work. We’ve all had those days (or even weeks) when we’ve pushed ourselves to the brink of exhaustion by not taking some time for ourselves. For both business owners, crew, and employees, learning to take breaks when necessary can be huge in terms of mental health and job productivity. 

Vacations

One of the main ways to give yourself a break is to take a vacation! Whether it’s a trip to the beach, visiting family, or trying out a new city, getting some distance between yourself and work can be a great way to reset. You’ll come back to work refreshed and ready to put your best foot forward. 

In 2019, American workers left a total of 768 million vacation days unused. That means if you feel guilty about taking a vacation, you’re not alone! However, vacation days are there for a reason. Long trips are proven to increase your overall happiness and help you be a better boss or employee when you return. 

While taking a shorter vacation may seem like the easier option, studies show that you reap the most benefits when your vacation is seven to eleven days. This time range allows for the maximum relaxation and rejuvenation. The eighth day specifically was found to be the day of peak relaxation, so it might be good to head to the spa or some other leisurely outing to really maximize the vacation. 

We know that taking vacations can be especially difficult for company owners. Check out our article on how to take a guilt-free vacation as a business owner

Lunch Breaks

You don’t have to take a week off to combat the stress of working. Lunch breaks are a time to refuel, socialize, and take your mind off work for a little bit. 

Unfortunately, nearly 20% of American workers worry that taking a regular lunch break will make them seem less hardworking to their bosses. The reality is that regular breaks actually lead to better employees. According to a study by Tork, Americans who take lunch breaks everyday score higher in job satisfaction, likelihood to continue working at the same company, and likelihood to recommend their employer to others. 

Lunch can be a great time to connect with other team members. If you’re an owner or manager, encourage recurring social events during lunch hours to encourage employees to get to know you and each other. Studies have found that more social interactions lead to greater team trust – something that can be hugely beneficial to the company. 

Short Breaks

In addition to lunch breaks, short breaks throughout the day can help increase your overall performance. Research has shown that employees who take a short break every hour perform better than employees who don’t take breaks. Breaks help decrease stress and return mental and emotional systems back to baseline, allowing you to work more efficiently and productively. Here are some ideas for five-to-ten minute breaks to take during the day:

  • Socialize. Head to the break room or the water cooler to chat for a few minutes with your fellow team members. Whether you decide to talk about last night’s game or a TV show you’ve been watching, spend a few minutes focusing on something other than work. 
  • Go for a walk. Either alone or with a buddy, clear your head by going for a walk outside. The fresh air and exercise can be very effective in lowering stress levels. 
  • Eat a healthy snack. Food can provide just the boost you need to get through a long stretch of work. You can’t go wrong with a banana or an apple, or a bag of pistachio nuts from the vending machine.
  • Find a quiet spot. Sometimes getting some alone time to read or listen to music is just what you need to unwind.

Take That Break

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