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Try This Now: Take a Timeout at Work

Incorporate mini-breaks into your day for optimal performance and mental well-being.

By Rozhnovskaya Tanya/ Shutterstock
By Rozhnovskaya Tanya/ Shutterstock

Many of us are conditioned to respond to stress by buckling down and working harder, but doing so can actually add to your stress levels, hinder you from performing optimally, and lead to eventual burnout. Instead of powering through, try taking a brief timeout the next time you feel overwhelmed at work. Researchers say that taking routine mini-breaks during the day can help shift your perspective when you feel stressed, and doing so can help you return to your desk feeling recharged and refocused. 

The key to incorporating a timeout into your day is carving out a few minutes to take your mind off of your workload to focus on something else — whether that’s putting time on your calendar to call a family member, listening to a song that makes you happy, or scheduling ten minutes for meditation. The little timeout may sound like an excuse to procrastinate, but science tells us that taking regular mini-breaks can help us work smarter, and come up with more creative ideas. 

The point of the exercise is to weave a built-in pause to your workday — one that allows you to take a moment for yourself, even if you think you can’t afford it.

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