Do you feel there are too many things competing for your attention? We live in a fast-paced world full of distractions: constant notifications, relentless advertising, endless scrolling, and never-ending to-do lists. No wonder we get caught up in the exhausting cycle of being busy!
For many, this way of living has become 'the norm'; however, this doesn't have to be the case for you. When you got up this morning and made yourself a cup of tea this was the perfect opportunity to slow down and take a moment to look after yourself. These small snippets of time are always available to you. They are yours for the taking!
You see, when you become exceptionally good at taking breaks, everything feels much lighter and easier to tackle. Here at Webster's, we're convinced you'll experience all kinds of beautiful benefits by tuning out the noise and tuning into yourself.
Keep reading for five reasons to take breaks and create more space within your day.
Breaks can enhance your mood. Are you feeling grumpy and unmotivated? Allow yourself to shake up your routine and do something that will lift your spirit. Whether it be a catch-up with a friend or a swim in the ocean, consider what simple things make you feel good and make time for them to happen. Even a quick dance in the living room to your favorite song can instantly enhance how you feel!
Breaks can be good for your physical health. Even just five minutes of walking outside in the fresh air can make all the difference and get your blood flowing. Plus, a change of scenery is excellent for re-energizing your senses. And if it's a rainy day? Go regardless! Chuck your rain jacket on and grab your umbrella.
Breaks can restore your motivation and concentration. Doing your best work and feeling productive only happens when you're in a flow state; however, being in this headspace all day is impossible. Don't make the mistake of working for a prolonged period, thus draining all of your energy. Schedule multiple breaks throughout the day if you can, and ensure you stick to them. You'll feel all the more creative when you do!
Breaks can help reduce stress. While it's normal and healthy for us to respond to short bursts of stress, when prolonged repeatedly, we can go into a constant state of reactivity, taking a toll on our physical and mental well-being. When you interrupt the cycle of stress by taking breaks, you can restore your energy and state of mind. This brings us to our next bullet point.
Taking breaks might give you more resilience and help you with better decision-making. We all know that being tired and burnt-out causes us to act emotionally. Making important decisions or taking action from this headspace is never a good idea! Regular breaks (or daily rituals, you might like to call them) can keep you functioning at your best. We think of them as preventative care!
All in all, there are no set rules for taking breaks. However, the more you do it, the better and happier you'll become. Whether it's scheduling in some travel, a once-a-month Friday off, or something more short and sweet, which you do daily, we hope you feel encouraged to embrace breaks to help you feel refreshed and restored.