We’ve all struggled to sleep when faced with urgent tasks, such as an important proposal with a next-day deadline, a crying child, or strange noises outside. But eventually, even the most alert among us reach a point where we are powerless against sleep.
Disconnecting from work and completely unplugging are two different but related concepts. Our minds and bodies require time to rest, despite the temptation to keep working and feelings of guilt or condemnation from others. Taking a break from work is crucial for sustainability in the long run, despite the fact that it may seem counterintuitive. Whether we like it or not, our bodies will eventually compel us to take a break.
People are cutting back on their work hours or leaving their jobs entirely as a result of the trend toward giving greater importance to one’s own well-being and striking a work-life balance. This yearning for a better balance has spread throughout an organization and has turned into a growing “cry for help.” For the first time, both CEOs and employees are placing greater importance on their physical and mental health than on their careers. The 2020 pandemic has only brought attention to the pre-existing problems of burnout and poor mental health.
It might be tempting to work more quickly and hard as we enter yet another period of ambiguity with possible hiring freezes, layoffs, and a potential recession. However, stepping back, unplugging, and giving yourself some time to recharge would ultimately be a more effective strategy to produce results over time.
Encourage open discussion about various ways to unplug from work, and let people select the strategy that suits them the best. It is inappropriate to stigmatize actions like using email scheduling tools, turning on “Do Not Disturb” settings, and uninstalling pointless mobile applications.
Stress the necessity of regular unplugging rather than sporadic disconnections. Encourage people to find their own ways to feel refreshed, like a new hobby, spending time with family, or doing volunteer work in the community. Encourage people to try out different things to see what works best, because trying new things can improve mental health and overall health. Consider it an investment in your well-being that will improve your mental health and work-life balance.
Encourage workers to take breaks during working hours. It has been demonstrated that multitasking reduces cognitive function and promotes burnout. To keep people from getting too tired, it’s important to give them flexible time for deep work and breaks throughout the day. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, unplugging at work on a regular basis can make a workplace healthier and more productive.
The fact that taking a break from work is acceptable, even while it is being done, must always be remembered. This can improve your general well-being and assist you in maintaining a work-life balance. Here are a few strategies to make taking breaks during the workday commonplace:
- Set boundaries: Set firm boundaries for your work hours and adhere to them. Don’t forget to take breaks, and don’t work past your scheduled office hours. This will enable you to keep a good balance between your personal and professional lives.
- Utilize your lunch break by taking a considerate break from work. Take advantage of this time to rest and renew your mind. This may also be a chance for you to get some exercise, which will benefit your overall health and reduce stress.
- Practice mindfulness to help you remain focused and in the moment at work. You can feel more at ease and renewed by taking regular breaks to meditate, stretch, or simply take deep breaths.
- Take regular, brief breaks throughout the day to help you stay focused and productive. Use this time to stretch, take a walk, or simply take a few deep breaths.
- Encourage your coworkers to take breaks as well: By fostering a culture of breaks, you can help to normalize the practice and inspire others to do the same. Set a good example by encouraging your coworkers to take breaks as needed.
- Use technology: When it comes to the workplace, technology can be both a blessing and a curse. Utilize programs and apps that track your work-life balance and serve as a reminder to take breaks.
In conclusion, even a short break from technology can make a big difference in how stressed you are, especially if you are completely cut off and don’t give in to the urge to check for updates you may have missed. By setting a good example, you build trust and create a friendly environment where others feel comfortable taking a break, too.