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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Give Yourself A Break!

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Give Yourself A Break!

From the moment we clock in at work, our minds are focused on the many tasks we have been assigned to complete that day. Often we feel overwhelmed by our workload we frequently forget to stop, take a breath, and most importantly…. take a break! This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly shares the importance of taking breaks during your workday.

Why should employees take breaks during their workday?
• Some employers require employees to take at least a 30-minute lunch (unpaid) during their workday along with 2, 15-minute breaks (paid) per day.
• Taking breaks throughout the day can increase productivity.
• For those who have a desk job, getting up from your chair, taking a walk, or stretching for two minutes helps to get your blood flowing and allows for more oxygen to reach the brain. Movement and relief from a sedentary position can decrease fatigue and increase productivity.
• Breaks keep employees from getting bored, unfocused, and help decrease the opportunity for job burnout.
• Sitting at a computer desk for a long period of time without frequent breaks can cause lower back pain, wrist, forearm, and hand discomfort.

I just don’t have time for a 15-minute break!
• Don’t have 15 minutes? It has been proven that several 30-second microbreaks throughout the day can increase productivity and 15-second visual breaks every 10 minutes from computer screens can reduce fatigue.
• Take 2 minutes every hour to stand up and stretch or take a quick walk around the office.
• Take 1 minute every hour, if able, to rest your eyes by looking away from your computer or electronic device.

I just never remember to take a break, what can I do?
• Set reminders on your work calendar to remind you to stand up and move every hour.
• If your employer allows the use of cell phones in the workplace, set alarms/reminders to remind you to take a quick break.
• No phones allowed? No problem. If you have a smartwatch or Fitbit, take a second to add break reminders. Don’t have a smartwatch or Fitbit? Post-it notes work great as well. Write yourself a note and remember…’s OK to take a break.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune into the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.