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April 29, 2022

The importance of taking breaks at work

April was the stress awareness month. For this reason, we've put together a simple guide to help you master the art of taking breaks to reduce unwanted stress.

Breaking down the benefits

When you're working on a challenging project or have a lot on your plate, it's easy to convince yourself that you don't have time to take breaks. However, studies have shown that breaks

  • Minimise or prevent stress,
  • Improve performance throughout the day, and
  • Lessen the need for a lengthy recovery period

How often should you take breaks?

Robert Pozen, lecturer at the the MIT Sloan School of Management, recommends taking a break every 75 to 90 minutes.

Other studies, such as The Pomodoro Technique, a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo, advises similar time lapses between recesses: a 15 to 30-minute break every 90 minutes.

What is our team doing? 

There are a lot of activities you can do in your breaks, right? You can read, study, watch the news, listening to music, have a coffee or snacks, watch an episode of your favourite series, nap for a little bit or just watch yourself in the mirror! 

We asked our team what they do during their time-off, and these are their favourite activities:

  • Going for a walk
  • Stretching and doing exercise
  • Checking out social media
  • Reading a book or studying

We share our favourite activities in a channel dedicated to mental wellbeing in our team chat, such as useful articles, book recommendations, or interesting videos that we stumble across.

That way, we stay connected and inspire each other.

This topic is close to our heart, which is why we also have created a role dedicated to mental health support, wellness education and stigma reduction: The Mental Health Ambassador.

Would you like to work in a company where the well-being of the individual takes priority?
  • We are hiring! Check our open positions and come to work with us. A great team is waiting for you.

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