Let’s face it: You need to take a break. The average American works 9.2 hours a day, and only one in three surveyed say they take a lunch break. Most workers eat at their desks, or claim not to eat at all. And for the daily grind, microbreaks can go a long way. Taking a 15 second break every 10 minutes can reduce your fatigue by up to 50%. And short five-minute breaks taken often can improve your mental acuity, as well. And it’s not just mental fatigue that you have to watch out for: In a study of workers suffering from forearm, wrist, and elbow pain, a short break every hour eliminated hand pain.
Daily naps can also help improve your body and mind’s alertness. Studies show that a 40-minute cap nap improves alertness by an average of 34%. And don’t let a micromanaging boss get you down — a little distraction is great for you. If you spend less than 20% of your time surfing the Internet, you’ll be 9% more productive than your coworkers. And for those of us who are extremely pressed for time, the optimal break is six minutes for every 80 that you work. Even a two minute stretch break can recharge your brain and get your blood flowing. To relieve your eye strain, stare away from a screen for 20 seconds. There are many ways to relieve your stress, joints, and eyes during the work day. Work hard, break hard. It’s the name of the productivity game.