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Take a break to break free

May 29, 2024by Editorial Team
Take a break

There is a guilt around idleness, perhaps because it is associated with lack or productivity. It is time we explored our myopic view of things and unravel the wonders that a break arising fror boredom can bring forth

Our attitude to rest and break

In our fast-paced world filled with school, homework, extracurricular activities, and technology, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted We aim for success, meet deadlines and juggle
countless responsibilities, often forget to pause, breathe, and rejuvenate ourselves.We tend to overlook the significance of rest, push ourselves to the limits,without realizing the importance of our well-being.

Debunk the myths surrounding a break

Taking a break is not a sign of weakness, but a testament to our wisdom. By taking breaks, we allow ourselves the opportunity to relax, reflect, and refocus on our goals. Far from being an act of laziness; it in fact signifies self-care and self-awareness. It is a moment to step back, appreciate the journey, and gather the strength to move forward. Whether it is a short walk in nature, a quiet moment of meditation, or simply enjoying a cup of tea, these breaks provide us with the necessary pause to reset and re-energize.Rightly has it been said that almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including ourselves.

Deconstructing, or, breaking down a break

It is fascinating to ponder what happens to us when we are bored. Our brain enters a default mode network that encourages significant cognitive processes such as self reflection, problem solving or even daydreaming.These moments of rest actually work like mini-recharges for the brain, helping us stay sharp and attentive. We get a chance to step back and gain perspective on our work. Sometimes, when we are too close to a problem, seeing the bigger picture is a challenge. This is when stepping aside for a moment can provide clarity and new insights.

 

Break and its host of benefits

When we are relentlessly engaged in tasks , our brains tend to become fatigued, leading to decreased concentration and productivity. By taking short breaks throughout the day,we allow the mind and body to reset and come back to tasks with renewed focus.Engaging in activities that bring us joy, such as chatting with friends, playing a game, or practising a hobby, can boost our mood.

A break helps to manage our stress levels. When we are under stress, our bodies release cortisol, a hormone that can have negative effects on our health if elevated for extended periods. Taking breaks helps to lower cortisol levels, reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm.

Moreover, breaks play a significant role in enhancing creativity. When we are stuck on a problem or feeling uninspired, stepping away and engaging in a different activity can spark new ideas. Our brains need time to make connections and process information subconsciously, which often happens during moments of relaxation. Many great thinkers and artists throughout history have credited their breakthroughs to moments of leisure and reflection. By allowing ourselves the space to take a break, we open up the possibility for innovation and fresh perspectives.

Taking a break, thus, is not a luxury but a necessity. It is a gift we give ourselves to ensure our long-term success, happiness, and fulfilment.

 

About the authors

The article has been contributed by the following students from St. Anthony’s Convent School, Jaigaon: Ishika Agarwal, Ashna Pradhan, Susanna Anand, Jannatun Khatun and Neeha Diyali.

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