Studies backing micro-breaks

The Journal of Applied Psychology and a research from North Carolina State Univeristy showed that workers who take micro-breaks actually lead to higher work engagement.

Employees who are fatigued but take micro-breaks frequently helped maintain their energy levels when taken at the right time.

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Micro-breaks

Micro-breaks are quick impromptu breaks that workers take in order to keep our energy levels steady in order to get through the day.

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  • 68% of people ‘break’ by using social media or streaming video (Netflix, YouTube, etc.)And they are making a huge mistake because of psychological phenomena known as vigilance decrement.
  • Vigilance decrement is a slowing in reaction times or an increase in error rates due to high cognitive resource demands like hard work or sustained focus.

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Why You Should Take Breaks
  • “Movement breaks” are essential for your physical and emotional health. A 5-minute walkabout break every hour can improve your health and well-being.
  • Breaks can prevent “decision fatigue. Decision fatigue can lead to simplistic decision-making and procrastination.
  • Breaks restore motivation, especially for long-term goals. "Deactivating and reactivating your goals allows you to stay focused."
  • Breaks increase productivity and creativity. It refreshes the mind, replenishes your mental resources, and helps you become more creative.
  • “Waking rest” helps consolidate memories and improve learning. During a rest period, it appears that the brain reviews and ingrains what it previously learned.

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