Yes, You Need Long Breaks Sometimes

It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems. Thich Nhat Hanh

We live in a world that often demands productivity and penalizes rest. We might hear lip service to the idea that rest is important, but in practice, at work, at home, and even during leisure, there is the idea that we need to be productive and constantly achieve more. Breaks can make us feel guilty or worried that we are not doing enough. But you do need breaks, and not just short ones.

What is the importance of long breaks? Interestingly, they can make us more productive. A longer rest can help us recharge and feel more creative, better able to tackle any challenge.

Long breaks help us prepare better for the tasks ahead. But beyond this benefit, they also allow us to maintain a better health, both physical and emotional. We can do a lot but we can’t do a lot all the time. That wears down the body and also puts a strain on the mind.

Resting before it becomes a necessity is sometimes seen as being lazy. But the truth is that it is an essential habit for avoiding burnout, that is, an extreme and long-lasting state of fatigue. Resting can make us work better, even if it involves stepping away from work for a while.

What can help you take long breaks? Make sure to unplug and disconnect as much as you are able to. Put the phone down, don’t check your emails. Go out into nature and enjoy the scenery. Being surrounded by green spaces is great for your health and helps you feel more rested.

Take time to be by yourself, just as you take time to be with others. Find rest in solitude. Some days, long breaks might involve just sleeping, eating well, and not doing much. Others, it involves quiet and pleasant tasks, recreation and fun times. Balance the two and put aside the guilt you might feel for not being productive.

Even the person who is most focused on productivity has to admit that breaks help them stay more productive. So allow yourself to take long breaks and rest. It will be good for you.