Every work day I take my lunch and go to the local park. While not everybody may have the luxury of a park near their workplace, everyone does have the luxury of at least one scheduled break time a day.
So many times I’ve seen people sitting at their desk with their lunches, scrolling on their computer and munching away.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
TAKE YOUR BREAK!
It seems that most of us have become so attached to digital media that even when we should be taking a rest from our computers, we find ourselves unable to pull away. And FOMO isn’t only relegated to fun opportunities either, we’re always worried that we’re missing some important email or message that just can’t wait.
More and more, people are not taking time for themselves. Time away from digital media, time away from working, time away from the busyness of every day life.
And we’re bombarded with “solutions” to these problems.
Spend too much time sitting at your desk? Standing desk!
Overwhelmed by not allowing yourself proper breaks? Meditation apps!
Addicted to your phone? Forest, RescueTime, Moment…(Yes, I’ve been using RescueTime and Moment)
But These Aren’t Solutions!
All these things are merely treating the symptoms of the problem, which is that we are not only indirectly pressured into working longer and harder, but we are also internally pressuring ourselves to do so. Sometimes it’s because we feel like we need to keep ahead of the competition, sometimes it’s because we feel we have something to prove, but at the end of the day, if you want to do your best work, you have got to be taking your breaks.
As common as they are, people just were not designed for these 8 hour workdays, that’s why breaks exist. Breaks should probably even be longer, an hour doesn’t give you much time to enjoy a meal and unwind. Even if you bring your own sandwich and have a park 10 minutes’ walk away from the office!
Luckily, awareness of genuine self-care appears to be increasing, with initiatives like The Energy Project becoming more prominent.
It’s a start, but only a start. There are still far too many people pushing themselves to breaking point and too many companies allowing that to happen. The culture change is coming, but until it arrives, we have to learn to take care of ourselves better.
Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.