Once I start working, I find it hard to stop. It’s not that my work ethic is that good––I just forget to look up from the computer and take a break.
It turns out my behavior could be hurting my ability to do my job well. Sitting for long strains can hurt your neck and back, and typing for too long can create problems like tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Even if you have an active job, standing for too long can be hard on your feet and legs. Those are the only parts of you that benefit from a break––when you get tired from working for too long, you’re less likely to problem solve and absorb information. You may also become more stressed and irritable.
Unfortunately, not every state in the US requires employers to give breaks or lunch breaks. If you are offered breaks, a short break usually lasts from five to 20 minutes, while lunch usually lasts from 30 minutes until an hour.
This infographic recommends a 15-minute break for every 90 minutes of work. If you work at a computer all day, it’s important to avert your eyes every 20 minutes so that you don’t develop headaches.
Once you’ve decided to take regular breaks, it’s important to fill them wisely. Learn more about some easy exercises you can do while on a break.