Take A Break - It’s your right and for your own good

With the majority of workers spending more time at work than at home, their minds are always working rather than relaxing or looking after their own health. One way to stay healthier is my being active and stretching your legs with a break from your desk and work. Breaks - not for cigarettes - can help to improve mindfulness and prevent aches and strain.

In the UK, employees have the right to one uninterrupted 20 minute rest break during their working day, if they work more than 6 hours a day. This could be a tea or lunch break. Obviously it is at the discretion of the company whether there are more, ie how long a lunchtime is, whether you can have cigarette breaks, etc. but it is best to get up and make a drink, use the facilities and engage with colleagues or go for a walk to clear your mind or refocus, without taking advantage.

As more and more people work with VDUs (Visual Display Units) or computers screens (do we still have monitors? Well I guess as some use two!), the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) suggest that short, frequent breaks are better than less frequent longer breaks, so a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes is better than a 20 minute break every 3 hours.

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