The Key To Getting Through The Workday Is A Better Work Break

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

We spend a good portion of our lives at work, sitting at a desk hunched over a computer. Unless we are highly engaged with our work projects or completely in love with our jobs, one of the best parts of our days happen at break time. Though we all take breaks, we may not be making the most of our workplace recess period. Since breaks can affect our health, happiness and mood, I think it’s time we all learned break time rules that will give you the best 15-30 minute rest to refuel.


Are you mid-morning or mid-day breaker?

This is actually one of the hardest choices to make — do you take it earlier and fill up the energy stores for the breakfast you missed, or do you take it later in hopes that the rest of the workday will fly by? It turns out that the best time to take a break is mid-morning. Simply put, it’s easier to replenish energy when not too much has been used yet.

Be happy and active during your free time

According to this study, you should spend your break doing activities that make you happy, not activities that stress you out. Instead of using this time to pay your bills or to make a staples run, go shopping, or find an adult ball pit to roll around in for a while.

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Frequency over duration

Though the long breaks feel great, lots of sprinkled in shorter breaks, serve a great purpose in helping you re-energize and get through your day. Anywhere from15-20 mins should do the trick. Just ask your partner, would they rather you last an hour in bed, or would they rather have three amazing 20 minute sessions?

We can do things, or we can do things the right way. Though it’s ultimately up to you, how you enjoy your recess, I hope this brief guide makes your workday a little more bearable.