Many desk workers spend a lot of time looking at a screen during the day. Whether it be computers, phones, or tablets, these devices may capture the attention of most desk workers until they finish the task at hand.
But too much screen time can cause digital overload
. Trying to process a slew of online information can lead to eye strain, trouble sleeping, mental fatigue, and increased stress levels — none of which inspire productivity.
Taking more breaks throughout your day can help you break up your screen time. In turn, breaks will mitigate the adverse effects of digital overload, and increase your work efficiency.
In addition, breaks may help those struggling with a work-life balance. For example, if you’re regularly skipping breaks or working later than normal to complete tasks, you may be doing more harm than good. This cycle may be especially easy to slip into if you’re a remote worker. After all, you’re already at home, so you would assume you’re naturally more relaxed, and therefore, in less need of a break, right?
Unfortunately, postponing your breaks, especially if you’re a remote worker
, can be detrimental to your health. You may exacerbate mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, increase your risk for metabolic syndrome, and cause tension headaches.