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Why You Need To Take Your Breaks

I was recently out to lunch with a colleague and I posted an Instagram story of my delicious meal, along with a poll question asking who else loved these types of breaks, followed by two options: “Yes I love them!” or “I never take my break.” When I saw the majority of the responses picked that they loved their breaks, I was so excited to see that the majority of my followers actually took their breaks. So, I did what any other Instagramer would do and I posted the results to my story, praising everyone for their self-care. It wasn’t until I received an overwhelming number of DMs stating that just because they love these types of breaks doesn’t mean they actually take their breaks that I realized my poll results were not an accurate representation of their reality. I was shocked! So, I posted a PSA rant on my story about the importance of taking breaks, which then inspired me to write this post about why taking your breaks is one of the most important forms of self-care you can do for yourself.

In all honesty, I used to be the person who never took my breaks either. Working for a busy agency, where I was booked with back-to-back clients, just never seemed like an environment where I could take a break. My to-do list was never-ending and I viewed my breaks more as a time to catch up on work vs. actually taking a break from the work. We all know how that ended, right? I was burnt out, stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. And I can sit here and blame the agency all I want for my feelings of exhaustion but the reality is I had a choice and I chose wrong. The agency did allow for me to plug my breaks into my schedule. I just decided catching up on work was more important than my own self-care. Was the work draining at times? Sure. But again, I didn’t do a good enough job of advocating for myself and my needs, mainly because my priorities were not in order at the time. I valued my work more than I valued myself and honestly, this kind of “work ethic” was highly regarded and praised by others. So, I thought I was doing the “right” thing, even if I felt drained in the process. What I quickly realized was that not taking care of myself would impact my work regardless….and not in a good way.

So, if you are someone who also works through your breaks, keep reading to learn about the benefits of taking your breaks as well as ways you can actually allow yourself to take the breaks.

4 Major Benefits of Taking Your Break

Tips on HOW to Actually Take Your Break

I know, I know. This sounds too good to be true, right? How can something as simple as taking your lunch break make a big enough impact on your work happiness? It’s so important to highlight that some of the BIGGEST changes happen when we take SMALL steps towards those goals. So, this is one small, yet effective, step you can take to improve your overall wellbeing. Think about it, we spend the majority of our time at work, so we need to be taking care of ourselves in the process. I am not saying miraculous changes will occur overnight, but if you continue to implement breaks into your day-to-day routine, you will absolutely start to notice an improvement.

And remember, I’ve been there. I was in a fast-paced, high-stress setting where breaks were laughable. But I made the decision to make changes. I decided to advocate for my needs. I switched my mindset. And you can, too. So, what changes are YOU going to start making for yourself?

I would LOVE to know what spoke to you today and encourage you to comment below and share with me!

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Be Well,

Sarah 

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