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While working in fast food restaurant , we got three breaks in eight hours shift: 2 15 min smoking break and a 30 min lunch break.

And taking break during daily activities proven to increase energy levels, and highly likely to improve mood.

And people are happiest when exercising, socializing and engaging in spiritual activities.

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A spiritual break is a little less intuitive, but in this context I mean anything affecting the human spirit or soul.

Like praying, meditating, reading spiritual texts or devotionals, listening to uplifting music, looking at something beautiful, or doing anything that connects you to something larger than yourself.

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This could involve grabbing coffee with a colleague (or FaceTiming over a cup of coffee if you’re working virtually), having lunch with your partner and kids if they’re around, or calling a friend or family member you want to catch up with.

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The breaks can be short. Real short. One study tested break lengths of 1, 5, and 9 minutes, and all these break conditions made people feel better. 

Yes, even a one-minute break made a noticeable improvement. Anyone can find 60 seconds in the day, though you can probably find more.

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Here is a example.

10:30 a.m. : Move a text thread with a friend to the phone for a few minutes. (Social)

1:00 p.m. : Read an inspirational book while you’re eating your lunch. (We have a few suggestions!) (Spritual)

3:30 p.m. : A short mid-afternoon walk to clear your head.(Physical)

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This might include a walk around the block, walking the dog, going for a run, doing a workout video, jumping rope, doing some kettlebell exercises, or hustling up and down the stairs.

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The Daily Breaks We Need
  • In a given day, time is fairly distributed to everyone, but energy is more of our own domain and fluctuates during the day.
  • Better exercise provides us with more energy levels, resulting in better productivity.
  • Taking breaks or doing some varied activity can enhance our energy levels, and there are three kinds of breaks that our mind and body needs to replenish and nourish itself.

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Breaks keep us from getting bored

The human brain just wasn’t built for the extended focus we ask of it these days.

The fix for this unfocused condition is simple—all we need is a brief interruption (aka a break) to get back on track.

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The Science of Breaks at Work: Change Your Thinking About Downtime

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Research shows that humans naturally move from full focus and energy to physiological fatigue every 90 minutes.

Many different methods have been developed around the idea of work and rest, including the 90-minute Technique, the Pomodoro Technique and the 52-17 Technique.

The important point isn’t the exact length of the sprint or the break, it’s to figure out what “pulse and pause” cycle works best for you

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Want To Get More Done? Try Taking More Breaks

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