Small business owners are some of the most dedicated workers out there. They put in more hours than the average worker and they constantly have work on the brain. Many business owners either work from home full time or work from home after office hours and rarely take time to shut down from work mode. We commend the dedication but taking breaks is important for physical and mental health, as well as a key aspect in productivity and concentration.

 

You might be thinking, “Well, I take multiple breaks a day. I go to the bathroom a few times, I grab a cup of coffee (sometimes 3) and I scroll through my social media pages.” These are not breaks! These activities do not allow your body to rest or allow you to break concentration from work and energize your mind to boost productivity.  When you take a break, you’re not shrugging off responsibilities; you’re taking care of yourself, so you’ll have the stamina to give your business your best self.

Ideas for Break Time

 

Taking a break doesn’t mean sitting in front of your laptop starring into space for a few minutes without touching your computer. When you take 5 (or more, you deserve it), you need to remove yourself from your work setting and do something that is completely for you. Below are a few examples of what you can do during the day to shut work mode down for a little while and enjoy yourself.

 

Go outside

Studies show that nature helps us to relax and refocus our minds. Make sure to get a little drop of nature in your life every day!

 

Go for a walk

Physically moving around throughout the day is important especially if you work from a desk and sit a lot.

 

Turn on music

Turn up your favorite song and maybe dance a little bit. It will feel good, we promise.

 

Read a book

Bring a good book with you to work and go sit outside and finish a chapter every day.

 

Listen to a podcast

Do you have a favorite podcast? Queue it up and maybe go for a walk while you’re listening.

 

Write in a journal

Journaling is a healthy habit. Bring your journal to work and give yourself time to write a few pages each day.

 

Eat a snack

This shouldn’t take place of your lunch. Bring healthy snacks like nuts, fruit and vegetables and sit somewhere away from your desk to eat.

 

Play with an animal

If you work from home and you have a pet, then take your pet for a walk or throw the ball around for a few minutes.

 

Stretch or workout

Physical activity is the best way to reenergize your body. Bring a yoga mat to work and get a quick workout in.

 

Draw or paint

Bring a sketch pad or canvas with you and give yourself time during the day to be creative, just for fun.

 

You can mix and match the ideas above or even do more than one at a time. The important thing is that you give your mind the time it needs to reset and reenergize itself by being active or creative. Then you can go back to work tasks with a fresh mind and great attitude.

When do I take my break?

 

There is no hard or fast rule for break taking. It doesn’t always need to be at 10 a.m. or after a certain number of work hours. It doesn’t always need to be 5, 10 or 15 minutes. Listen to your body; you can normally feel when your mind is starting to wander or when your back is starting to ache. In these moments get up and move around and have fun with one of the break ideas from above.

 

The important thing is that you take a break every day. Maybe you take 10 minutes in the morning and another 5 minutes in the afternoon. Find a schedule and a pace that is right for you. You will see a boost in productivity, and you will be happy you implemented a “take 5” routine in your work life.

 

In case you missed it, we go over how to know when to outsource certain tasks in business because it’s okay to NOT do it all! Check out our previous blog that goes into how to Know when to Outsource!