5 ways to help your employees take better breaks

Taking better breaks can be a vital part of looking after both body and mind, and it’s a foundational component of working smarter. Better breaks allow teams to stay energized and engaged, even when work is especially challenging.

It’s important that managers and leaders live by example and prioritize taking better breaks.

Here are five practical suggestions that you could bring to your workplace to help your employees take better breaks:

1. Schedule blocks for breaks

The working day can run away with us. Incoming emails, long meetings, and chatty coworkers can add up to very little time to focus. To help your team regain their focus and clarity, block out time for breaks during the day. Creating actual calendar blocks prompt people to think twice before scheduling a meeting in that block.

At Headspace, we have two ‘no meeting’ blocks every day at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (that afternoon ‘dip’ time). These can be used for meditation, getting outside or just for focus time if our team needs it.

How to manage fitness plateaus before they even happen

The first six weeks of an exercise program are sort of like the beginning of any relationship. It’s new, you’re excited to learn the workouts, you start to notice changes in your body, and the newness keeps you motivated and scooting back for more.

And then, almost out of nowhere, everything comes to a halt.

What gives? Well, if you’re showing up and putting in the time, but not seeing the results you hoped for, there’s a good chance you’ve hit a fitness plateau.

A fitness plateau can stall your physical progress and sap your drive to stay active.

Considered the master of motivation killers, a fitness plateau can stall your physical progress and sap your drive to stay active. If you haven’t experienced one yet, consider yourself lucky; at some point in a workout program, you’re going to come face-to-face with this annoying aspect of exercise.

Why did everything come to a complete halt?

“Plateaus can be brought on because of reasons relating to the body or the mind,” says Greg Chertok, M.Ed, CMPC, certified mental performance consultant, Telos Sport Psychology Coaching. There may be some obvious physical reasons your progress has stalled: your workout is getting stale, your body is adjusting to the load and intensity, you may be stuck in the same movement patterns, or muscular fatigue has set in from overuse or lack of rest. Or, your energy levels are lower than usual and something completely unrelated to exercise is sapping your energy (work project, stress at home, etc.), which can contribute to lower energy in the gym.

There can also be mental reasons we hit a plateau. Mental blocks (that can also contribute to physical plateaus) form in a number of ways. “Perhaps you’ve been convinced or persuaded by someone else (parent, coach, partner, etc.) that you’re just not equipped to do something or achieve a higher level of fitness in a particular area,” Chertok explains.

What a spicy new study can teach us about caring less

Think about the last time someone cut you off, or criticized your work, or was just rude for seemingly no reason. How do those moments make you feel? If you’re like the rest of humanity, probably a bit miffed! But what if those things could bother you less? Or, even better, what if there was a way to get people to be less mean?

hat’s where meditation comes in.

Science shows that meditation can help us be more compassionate, but that’s not really the same as being less aggressive. Could meditation also help us to be less reactive toward negative feedback? Could you study a real-time provocation that typically evokes aggression to see if meditation helps? That’s where the hot sauce study comes in. And this one is a little spicy.