Think about your work day for a minute. Does it include regular breaks? Too often, a day in the office turns into a long stretch of work with a single stopping point for lunch. But did you know people who take shorter, more frequent breaks throughout the day are able to get more done and feel better physically?
It’s admittedly hard to put your job on hold if your company’s culture doesn’t support it. However, regular breaks on the job have been shown to lead to higher energy, stronger motivation, and improved concentration. Plus, employees who take breaks are less likely to feel the pain of eye strain, back problems, or headaches.
Those are the benefits of frequent work breaks – now, how can you obtain them? Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your breaks:
- Step back from work every 90 minutes. Did you know that your brain is able to focus on a task for a limited amount of time? That amount of time is anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes. Experts recommend taking a break every 90 minutes to help your brain reset. Doing this will allow you to work with your brain, rather than fighting it.
- Take your breaks away from your screen. Walking away from the computer, without your phone, will help your mind, body, and eyes alike! If you spend your break at your computer, you’re more likely to read articles or watch YouTube videos. These will just distract your brain and prevent it from recharging. Plus, screen light is a contributor to painful eye strain. Getting away from the screen is one of the best ways to address this problem, and can help you adhere to the 20-20-20 rule to further prevent eye strain.
- Go for a walk. Walking is one of the best things you can do for a break, even if it’s just for five minutes. Walking has been shown to improve energy levels, and the benefits of getting more exercise into your day are well documented. And exercise is cumulative – a five minute walk each hour is 40 minutes of walking added to your day!
- Be mindful. You’ve paused your work, stepped away from the screen, and gotten some steps into your day. The cherry on top of a good break is to calm your mind before tackling your to do list again. Even the simple act of deep breathing can help your mind unwind and relieve stress. Doing this will help you get back into the game with a clear head.
All of these tips will help you manage your work breaks and make your day a productive one. We’re especially fond of these ideas since they all help address eye strain. Eye strain is a major problem that we’ve talked about in the past. This painful issue is becoming more common due to increased time in front of screens. Regular breaks, however, can reduce its effects.
Combining this with adjustments to your desk and screen set-up is the best way to manage eye strain. Finally, you can help address eye strain by wearing glasses that will protect your eyes from your computer screen. There are now glasses for computer use specifically that help to filter out the blue light created by all digital screens. This blue light is a major contributing factor to eye strain, so filtering it out is one of the best ways you can manage its irritating symptoms, even between work breaks!
Are you ready to make your workday more comfortable? Phonetic’s glasses can help cut out the harmful light. Combined with regular work breaks and the right work set-up, and 2018 can be your most productive year yet. Visit our online shop to find the perfect glasses for computer use!