Work is pouring in and you’re energized. There’s no stopping you. You’re working long hours.
Then it hits you.
In the middle of the night you awake startled and stressed out. You don’t know how you’re going to finish your to do list without cracking into a million exhausted pieces of your former self.
Your body and mind are screaming.
It’s time to take a break.
Waking in the middle of the night, panic attacks, feeling like we’re drowning in work, and never looking up from the computer mean you’re draining every last bit of energy when you should be taking a break from work before you collapse.
The average American works 9.2 hours a day and admits to not even taking a lunch break [Source]. Over time this results in poor mental and physical health. It’s not worth the risk even though we’ve all done it. For many of us it’s a badge of honor but it shouldn’t be.
Simple Ways to Take a Break During the Day
Taking a break from work gives our minds and bodies time to recharge. We’re court reporters handling detailed work. That takes concentration and we don’t have it if we’re tired.
- Get the blood flowing. Set a timer for 50 minutes. Take the other ten minutes of every hour to get up, walk around, and stretch.
- Take a nap of 30 minutes or less or meditate to recharge your brain and give your eyes a rest.
- Make time for loved ones. You will find you’re more focused when you come back to work after spending time with others.
Not only that but life isn’t meant for work all the time. It’s meant for traveling the world, reading books, taking up a hobby, or volunteering time back to the community.
Don’t let life pass you by just because you’ve landed a big case. You’ve got to take care of yourself or you won’t be as good a court reporter as you could be.