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Why You Should Take A Break Now.

by Vidya Sury November 15, 2012 26 comments

I know. Life is hectic. Tough. Lots to do. No time to take a break now. But if you cease to exist because of all that you are trying to cram in to your life, you won’t be around to regret it. Oh wait, I just realized that  being around to regret it is much worse (and very expensive).

But productivity is not about:

  • working all hours
  • burning the midnight oil
  • skipping your meals because you are too busy to eat
  • slogging through your lunch hour
  • sitting at your computer clacking away at your keyboard all the time
  • becoming an extension of your desk
  • believing that taking a break now is a sin
  • thinking it is okay to sacrifice time with your loved ones
  • assuming that you don’t need free time

If you think that being a workaholic is the best way to become more  productive, it is time to think again. Because you, my dear friend, need to take a break now. Because addiction to work, like anything else, can be fatal. Literally.


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Why you should take a break now


When you work continuously ditching those breaks here is what you can expect: increased risk of weight gain and heart disease. And that’s only the tip of the disease-iceberg. Things can get much worse, really.

Did you know that if you’re eyeballing your computer screen for more than two hours a day, it causes Computer Vision Syndrome? This is a condition where your vision becomes blurry, you develop headaches and dry eyes. Essentially, you’re looking at a future with reduced vision and possibly, long term nearsightedness, lousy posture and a big butt (not in an attractive way, though).

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So what can you do?

Okay, enough with the doom and gloom. The solution to being a maniac who thinks work is everything is simple. All you have to do is get up – and away – from your desk for just five minutes. You can do this! Just five minutes. This can ease the strain on your eyes, while reducing fatigue. Oh, and you’ll feel a lot better! You’re welcome!

Better still, try standing at your desk instead of sitting. I do this often, ever since I wrote about how sitting can kill you. The icing on this particular cake? You burn. up. to. 2500. calories. a. week. Yes. Standing around is all you have to do. Easy eh? Not for hours and hours, mind you. Just for as long as you can, comfortably. Then walk around a little. Stretch a little. Get that blood flowing through your body.

You can continue to be the star employee or entrepreneur that you are – all you have to do is take a break now. And if your job doesn’t let you do that, maybe it is time to explore more career options. Don’t let your ego get in the way.

Doesn’t healthier, happier sound good? Yes. Health is wealth.

If you are:

  • Guilty of sitting too much
  • Thinking it is a crime to take a break now

……it is time to change your thinking and your habits.

Regret is not a nice thing. And if you’re postponing fun stuff, assuming you can always do it later, remember that “later” never arrives. You have to seize it yourself.  It is true that time and tide wait for no man, or woman.

The time is now, not someday. Because someday is not a day of the week.

It is time to take a break now! Before it is too late. Stress can actually kill you, you know!

So tell me:

How do you keep your energy levels up? 
Please share your tips in the comments.

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R Sudhir Kumar November 15, 2012 at 6:29 am

An apt article for today, I loved the infograph. And Thanks again. The next one is on me

Vidya Sury November 17, 2012 at 4:06 am

Hi Sudhir! Welcome! Yes – we have a deal! 🙂 Cheers1

Amrita Thavrani November 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Loved the infograph. Thanks for sharing.

Vidya Sury November 17, 2012 at 4:03 am

Hi Amrita! Lovely to see you here. Pretty infographic – I loved it when I received it! Hugs!

Terri Sonoda November 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Excellent article! I am guilty of sitting too much and I know it. I blame it on my back pain, but it has probably caused it to be worse. Thanks for reminding me to stand more. I will start today! Big HUG!!

Vidya Sury November 17, 2012 at 4:02 am

Hugs, Terri! I know what you mean. Ironically, we want to sit when the back aches, but when we sit, the back aches more. My orthopedic once said that sitting makes it weak. Vicious cycle! Walking makes the blood flow better and helps. Yes, I practice what I preach. 😀 Love you! Oh, but when the weather turns cold, you can hear my bones creak all the way to Vegas!

Joy November 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Got it..loud and clear…*grin* may you listen to your own advice as well 🙂 This is why I work online, so I can appreciate the sunrise and sunset, the beach and the pool…I make all of that “part of my work”…nourishes me…but I like the reminder 🙂

Vidya Sury November 17, 2012 at 4:01 am

Absolutely, Joy – this is as much for me as everyone else. These days, I simply unplug and get out the door, far away from the temptation of the internet. I am an information junkie – so it is especially soothing to get away.

Hugs! Yes, nice to be nudged 😀

Anne Lyken-Garner November 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

Great infograph. I try to go for a walk every other day because I work from home. This really encouraged me to do more about taking breaks from staring at the computer all day.

Vidya Sury November 17, 2012 at 4:05 am

Hi Anne! Welcome! 🙂 Yes, this is especially relevant when we work from home. Too easy to sit and slog. 🙂 The consequences are scary, though. I make it a point to walk, too! Hugs!

Paige | simple mindfulness November 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

My dear sister, you heard me! Gearing up for the launch next week of my Mindful Body program, I’ve been up until 2am every night for the past week putting the million pieces together. While it requires lots of time in front of the computer, my three little ones make sure I don’t sit for too long – they always need me for something! And I drink lots of tea and water so bathroom breaks get me up a lot. ;)I totally love the infographic!Big Hugs!!

Vidya Sury November 17, 2012 at 3:58 am

Paige dearest, I know you’ve been working way too hard. Your program is just brilliant and I can’t wait to show you off here! And yes – I am always grateful to my son, even if he’s not so little – for pulling me out of that chair frequently. Actually I used to do the drink-a-lot and be grateful for the loo-breaks. Every little helps.
Time to take care of you, now! Hugs!

Cathy | Treatment Talk November 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Great post Vidya. I know I can use that reminder to take a break and enjoy life. It’s good for the soul.

Vidya Sury November 17, 2012 at 3:56 am

Thank you, Cathy! Now, especially is a good time! 😀

Elle November 16, 2012 at 3:55 am

You’ve outdone yourself Vidya. Wonderful infograph and oh my goodness have you hit the nail on the head here. Love it.

Love Elle

Vidya Sury November 17, 2012 at 3:55 am

Thank you, Elle. This is an infographic I fell in love with instantly – and it is so very relevant in today’s lifestyle. It is a great nudge. Hugs!

Jack November 16, 2012 at 7:42 am

There is a reason why I haven’t been around places as often as I used to be. Break time, disconnecting and dissolving….

Vidya Sury November 16, 2012 at 7:44 am

I am tempted to say “Mission Accomplished”, Jack. Hugs! Same here. I’ve been reading..but getting around, off my butt to real places.

Unknown Mami November 17, 2012 at 2:36 am

I always need to remind myself to move. It’s so easy to be sedentary. I seem to believe I think better if I am just sitting, but truthfully my best thinking happens when I walk.

Vidya Sury November 17, 2012 at 3:54 am

That’s the thing – it is easy to sit – and put those feet up especially when tired. I think better when I walk too..I put it down to the accelerated circulation 😀

Mayura De Silva November 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hi Vidya,

Wonderful information 🙂 I don’t know why I hear all about health lately.

I do sit and stare at the computer screen but take my eyes away to look at mobile screen 😀 lol…

Actually I have my meals on my desk too while staring at screen watching a part of movie or such. Some days I miss my meals too (Don’t say my mother or girlie). Usually I stay overnight, but sleep 8 hours or more though.

Well, I started to think about health more 🙂 I feel weight gain right now.

I think drinking water helps dry eyes, no? 🙂


Kaylen November 18, 2012 at 5:09 am

I am working on a project right now that has some ridiculously tight deadlines and a few days I found that I literally worked for 17 hours straight – taking two 30 min breaks in there before collapsing into bed at night. The ENTIRE day was spent working at my laptop…Just WORKING. So ridiculous.
I’ve been doing better lately though – even when I’m on a tight schedule, I make myself take a 15 min walk/stretch break at least once in the morning and once in the afternoon and ComeOnKaylen-at LEAST one hour in the evening.
Life is hard…but there’s NO need to do that to yourself.

Ken Wert November 19, 2012 at 1:01 am

Sounds like me, Vidya, burning the candle at both ends, trying to get more done in less time. And yet, my family is first. So I’ve cut back to posting once per week (as apposed to my previous twice/wk schedule not too long ago, still haven’t launched the eBook (you were so kind to provide a chapter to) or launched my new blog I started hinting I would start over the summer … but didn’t.

I’m learning to do what I can within the time I have to do it and let life go on without me in other areas I would like to move things forward in, but just can’t at the pace I would otherwise like to.

I’m a slow learner, but you have helped today. Thank you!

Erin November 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm


I sure am guilty of sitting at the computer too much! I loved this post w/ all the graphics. Makes it so much fun to read!!

Jodi @ Heal Now November 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Awesome info graphic! I love the facts on there! It will definitely help me make new decisions about how I work. Blink more, stand more, and take more breaks! Going for a run, now!

Antonysamy June 8, 2017 at 8:12 am

Well said


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