ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Are you struggling to find energy after work? Having trouble keeping up with your home life or social life? New research shows it could be prevented by taking better breaks throughout your work day!
A study published in the journal of occupational health psychology suggests if you want to feel more focused at work and less exhausted at the end of the day, you may want to try taking a walk on your lunch break. Researchers found people not only enjoyed their break more on days they got out of the office, but afterwards they showed improvements in concentration and less fatigue.
According to a 2014 Gallup poll, the average work week is now 47 hours. And a right management survey found only one in five employees take actual lunch breaks. So if you aren’t taking a lunch break, how can you find more energy?
A study at Baylor University in Texas found that workers who take multiple short breaks throughout the day have more stamina and suffer fewer aches and pains. Working straight through puts employees at risk for burning out earlier in the day. And the more hours that elapse before a break, the less energized and more symptoms of poor health the workers reported when returning to their jobs.
Ideally you want to get out of the office and disconnect yourself, but even just five minutes of mindful meditation or relaxation exercises can improve performance and help keep your energy up.
A study by the University of Illinois found a person’s attention can drop if they focus on a single task for a long period of time. By taking a break, or even a brief diversion, it can significantly increase your focus on that task.
Contributors to this news report include: Gabriella Battistiol, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.