It's time for a break

It's time for a break

It's time for a break
There are many who work long hours at their desktops. With these, comes a good share of strenuous hours of tapping away on a computer or sitting for meetings. Taking regular breaks for better concentration levels and output become a requisite at such points, point out individuals.

Stretching exercises at one’s desk as part of regular breaks helps abundantly, says Rohit V, a manager in a corporate organisation. “I often take breaks as stepping away from work for a few minutes helps me to come back fresh and to handle any situation better. Connecting to people also helps one relax and break the monotony,”says Rohit.

“We also ‘deskercise’ as a group, which as the term explains, is exercising at one’s desk. We roll our wrists, stretch our arms and legs and doing this  as a group makes it fun and rejuvenating,” says Rohit. Apart from this, Rohit believes that group activity also helps one connect with the group.

While work might demand one to stay put, young professionals like Chaitra H N, a software engineer with an IT service company, says that taking breaks helps clear the air, when tensed or drawing closer to deadlines. “I take a few minutes of break after every 45 minutes to one hour of work and step away from my seat. My colleagues and I chat; sometimes the conversation revolves around work, which helps us get a better view of the projects. Sometimes getting opinions from others helps broaden one’s thought process,” says Chaitra. 

She adds that these small breaks refresh one. “It also helps in team building, understanding others and better working,  which in turn leads to better outputs,” she vouches.  

One’s attention span can get shorter when sitting at a particular space for long, says Ramamani S, an associate manager with an MNC. “Stepping away helps to direct one’s energy back again with full force. Interacting with co-workers or friends acts as an energy booster and helps to cut the stress.” She adds that one can see a creative surge, after taking a short break. “When stuck, if you take a break and come back, a solution or another way to approach the situation is bound to open up,” adds Ramamani.

An increase of blood circulation or heart rate helps in freshening up one’s mind, which contributes to better performance levels, vouch medical practitioners. Dr Dharmapal G K, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon,  Sun Orthopaedic Hospital, says that he regularly sees IT professionals complaining about neck and back pains and body aches. “This is due to being exposed to continuous hours of non-ergonomic postures. Some people go for 15-minute walks during office hours, but these are inadequate. While exercises that strengthen the neck muscles, back, lower back muscles and abdominal muscles should be a part of one’s daily routine, one might not be able to do elaborate exercises at work,” says Dr Dharmapal.

He says that still one must take a break of five to 10 minutes after a stretch of two hours of work. “Office exercises like chair push-ups, squats, rising on the toes, added to walking in office premises should refresh one. Since most of these people also have to sit for hours while travelling, they must include these in their work routine,” he adds. He vouches that mental fatigue is bound to wade away, if one follows such steps.

Even fitness trainers like Venkatesh Krishna, say that including the seven primary movements in one’s daily activities is a must for smooth physical and mental well-being. “One must do squats, lunge, pull, push, twist, bend and lift, and running every day, especially people who have desktop jobs. When one sits in sedentary positions for a long time, their thought and execution process gets affected due to the monotony,” says Venkatesh. Most of our daily activities are one-plane movement and thus three-dimensional movements are a requisite. “They help improve functionality and up the concentration levels,” he adds.