At work, you just want to power through, to get done what you need to get done, so that you can go home. This, unfortunately, leads us to lots of bad behaviors and unhealthy choices. We skip meals—or eat meals out of the vending machine. We stay at our desk as long as possible, sometimes not stopping to do anything but go to the bathroom.
But that lack of meaningful and lengthy breaks is doing harm to us all—and not just individually. It’s harming our productivity and creativity, making us cranky and leading to teamwork issues. Overwork leads to burnout, which leads to you resenting your job.
The answer, of course, is those breaks. Your brain, your body, your emotions—they need time off. If you’re social with others, and social with the world around you, you’re happier.
Want to learn how? This graphic helps explain it.