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Work Hard, Rest Fun: How to Take a Break From Work

Work breaks are important! Imagine that two employees work in an office from nine o’clock to seven o’clock in the evening. The first rests only 20 minutes during lunch. The second has lunch for 40 minutes, sleeps for 15 minutes after lunch, goes out for a short walk closer to five in the afternoon, and takes short breaks the rest of the time.

That is, he works almost two hours less. But he gets a lot more done because by four o’clock, he is already so tired that his productivity is very low, his attention is scattered, and he is easily distracted.

To keep your work from turning into visibility, to feel energetic for the rest of the day, we prepared an article on proper rest based on materials from our novelty book.

Take a Minute Break

During short work breaks, do short physical exercises whenever possible. A barbell is also good – some people have one in the office. If you work at home, it’s even easier: you can install the horizontal bar in the doorway or buy one that is not attached to the walls and is installed on the floor.

A physical minute is better than a passive break when you continue to stay at the computer but switch from work to entertainment content, for example playing PlayAmo casino or surfing memes.

If physical activity is really not desired, the free minute can be spent on the contemplation of nature. Many studies have confirmed what is intuitively clear: staying in nature improves health, focus, and concentration. But how do you get to nature in the middle of a workday, and in the middle of a big city?

A study published in the scientific journal Environmental Psychology found that people simply looking at nature pictures for 40 seconds improved focus and reduced stress levels. They didn’t even have to go out. Of course, being in nature is better, but a good photo will do for a fish out of the water. Set yourself a favourite view as your desktop wallpaper – and set a timer for 40-60 seconds when you need to relax.

Take Short Breaks Every Hour

Pomodoro is a well-known and simple method to increase productivity. Everything is simple: you set a timer for some time, work without distraction, focusing on your task, then take a break for 5-10 minutes, then start the timer again. And after several approaches, you take a longer break or have lunch.

The most important thing in this technique is complete concentration on your work and a mandatory rest after each session, when you completely distract yourself, take a walk, breathe fresh air, drink coffee, etc.

Rest is necessary, even if you do not want to rest yet. Don’t get to the point where you have no energy left – it’s better to replenish them regularly. Technical equipment for Pomodoro is almost not required: a simple timer in your phone or watch will do.

If you really want to, you can download one of the many mobile apps that will give you more options besides the timer, like the ability to see your stats.

There are also add-ons for popular browsers, and if you tend to be distracted by social networks, they can be useful: in them, you can set up a list of banned sites, which will disabled during concentrated work. And it will be impossible to turn it off!

And during the break, you can read social networks and other sites that interfere with your work. But it’s better not to spend the entire break in the browser – take a walk, stretch out, change positions.

Big Breaks

During the workday, plan long breaks as well. At the very least, take a lunch break to talk to your colleagues about non-work topics, meet with friends, read a book, or simply be alone with your thoughts. If possible, have an afternoon nap as well. NASA research on the effects of daytime sleep on pilot performance has shown that 26 minutes of sleep increases performance by 34 percent.

The exact numbers sound convincing, but that’s not the point. It does work – and has been tested by so many people.

Even 10 to 12 minutes of sleep makes two days of work. And without them, the second half of the normal workday becomes not very productive – after lunch, around two o’clock, activity decreases, it makes you sleepy.

But after a short nap, a new workday begins.

Yes, the first fifteen minutes after awakening you will feel a little sleepy. Coffee helps will help in such cases. Some people drink coffee before a daytime nap, set the alarm for 15-20 minutes, and wake up just when the caffeine enters the bloodstream. This is aerobatics, but it’s worth a try – scientists have proven that the so-called coffee nap invigorates better than coffee or daytime sleep alone.

Combine work and rest, and may your energy never run out!

Silent Epidemic Destroying Lives in the United States

An epidemic is the rapid spread of disease to a large number of hosts in a given population within a short period of time. For example, in meningococcal infections, an attack rate in excess of 15 cases per 100,000 people for two consecutive weeks is considered an epidemic.

McapMediaWire – A recent National Institute of Corrections report states 1 in 50 American children will have a parent in prison in their lifetime. With approximately one and a quarter million adults currently living behind bars in the United States, that figure isn’t likely to decrease any time soon.

Minnesota District Court Judge Allison Krehbiel knows too well what happens when a child loses a parent to prison. “I am bound to follow the law, but it’s absolutely crushing when I send a mother, father, or even an older sibling away because I understand the ramifications it will have on the family dynamic, especially the children.”

Krehbiel adds that children who lack a mentor or don’t get proper therapy when a parent is absent are twice as likely to end up on the wrong side of her bench down the road. “We need all the help we can get to intervene with this vulnerable population.”

A new book series aims to do just that. It’s an innovative trilogy of books written specifically for young children of the incarcerated. Author Rachel Nee-Hall says she hopes a simple parenting tactic shared by cute animal characters will help explain a difficult situation in an age-appropriate way.

An award-winning television producer, Nee-Hall was inspired to write Daddy’s Time Out, Mama’s Time Out, and Peanut’s Time Out from personal experience after accompanying a friend who was taking her children to see their father in prison. “There I was sitting in the prison lobby with this little boy who was upset and confused. When I looked around for a book or pamphlet to advise me how to comfort him, there wasn’t any.”

So, the Los Angeles mother of two decided to write them. “It wasn’t rocket science, but there was a need for these specific books for this demographic.”

Child psychologist Ruth Cowen agrees. In her practice located near a California prison, she works primarily with children of incarcerated parents. Cowen says children have trouble processing their feelings, especially face to face with an adult.

“There weren’t any books like this out there. These are valuable tools for parents, social workers, therapists, and numerous others. Cowen believes the animal characters help unravel mixed feelings and allow them to process information to find stability and understanding.

Lisa Fernandez, a therapist in the Ohio state prison system, calls the books a must-read for children. “It’s difficult to convince a child that it’s not their fault when a parent goes away, and as important, that the parent still loves them. These stories illustrate that perfectly.”

Nee-Hall says the books have an interactive nature to them. The characters engage the child and ask the questions; the adult reader is merely the intermediary. Suzanne Tuttle, a licensed social worker, says the approach is less intimidating for the child. “These books are perfect. I love how simple, supportive, and normalising these stories are.”

Nee-Hall stresses the subject matter steers clear of politics and the vast division regarding incarceration in America. “I am not here to comment on policy. I just hope these books can help the millions of children out there dealing with the confusion of their current circumstances.”

Rachel Nee-Hall

Rachel Nee-Hall has been producing and directing television in Los Angeles for two decades. She is the founder of Silky Pants Productions, Inc. Daddy’s, Mama’s, and Peanut’s Time Out books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and select bookstores.

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