Every month I get the newsletter from Resnick, Amsterdam and Leshner, a PA accounting firm that works a lot with wineries and baseball teams. There is always something interesting in the newsletter, and this month what caught my eye was an article about the importance of taking breaks.
“A growing body of evidence suggests that taking a constructive break from a mental task improves productivity…
Like muscles, the brain becomes fatigued with sustained use and needs time to recover. A short break can help get the creative juices flowing again. In fact, most people will readily agree their most creative thoughts come during moments of rest or reflection.
As well, there is substantial evidence that physically moving around stimulates blood flow and leads to oxygenation in the brain, which increases energy and attentiveness.
There are numerous productive ways to take a break. The ideas below will help employees regenerate. (Note that checking Facebook isn’t among them.)
Take a walk: Get some fresh air and a change of scene.
Take a catnap: Close your eyes for 15 or 20 minutes and let your mind wander.
Chat with a friend or colleague to get a new perspective on the task at hand.
Run an errand or do a non-work-related chore.
Go to the gym and get some exercise.
These and other activities can boost their productivity and sense of wellbeing.”
Taking a break is particularly important during the busy months at the winery and during special events. Providing your visitors with an outstanding experience takes a lot of energy. Take time away to re-energize and lower your stress level, in which every way it works for you.
A tip of the glass from me to you!