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This is why you need to take regular breaks during the work day

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Working hard is part of the global culture. It’s been that way for decades, generations even. But with that comes a horrible side effect that may leave us unable to work as hard as we’d like to over time – not taking regular breaks during the day.

I put this article together, partly as a reminder to myself as a workaholic, but also because I’ve seen so many people get overwhelmed and burnt out simply because they feel the need to keep going and going without taking some downtime and refueling.


Taking breaks gives your mind some room to focus on complex problems on its own

When you’re working on something difficult, you tend to either want to give up or press it until you get some kind of breakthrough. 

Think of your break as giving your mind a massage and allowing your subconscious to do the heavy lifting for a while. You’ll be surprised that when you do sit down again to go at it you start booming with new ideas and insights that help you to really power the work you’ve been doing.


Taking regular breaks reduces your stress levels

You put yourself under an immense amount of pressure when you engage in work everyday. You have urgent deadlines, pop up requests and all kinds of interruptions messing with your flow for the day.

With all that stuff coming at you at work it only makes sense that a certain amount of anxiety comes with it. You start to wonder if you’ll actually make that deadline, or if you can handle the hundreds of tasks that have been suddenly put on your plate. And you start to feel unproductive because you can’t seem to get anything done.

This may seem counterintuitive, but when you get to this point it may be time to take a break. Hear me out, here. Remember what I said earlier about giving your mind some space to sort through complex problems? Well, at this point you have the problem of prioritizing your next move so you can power through your to-do list like a boss. Taking a break at this point gives your mind the freedom to work for you without interruption, and it also gives you a chance to breathe – something you may have forgotten to do while thinking about all those things you need to get done.


You put too much of a strain on your mind and body

When you work for prolonged periods of time you put your mind and body under a lot of pressure. 

In today’s world where more of us are working from home that can be catastrophic. Being that many jobs now require that you work behind a computer screen for most of the day, taking fewer breaks means that you’re spending more time with your eyes, hands and back fixed in a single position for a prolonged period of time.

That’s definitely not healthy. If you keep going you may start to experience some bad side effects like pain surrounding your eyes, blurry vision, back pains and pains in your wrists. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like a pleasant work day to me.

Also, the more strain you put on yourself, the more fatigued you’ll become over time. That seems logical right? Now, let’s take it a step further. If you continue to put that same strain on yourself over a long period of time without regular breaks for rest you’ll continue to get more fatigued – and you’ll be able to focus on work for less amounts of time.

That leads me to my next point.


Regular breaks in your work day actually increase your productivity

If you’re always tired because you haven’t been ensuring that you take the breaks you need to recoup, then it stands to reason that you’ll be getting less work done because you’ll literally be unable to continue working the way you have been.


I can tell you from my own workaholic experiences that regular breaks in your work day are not just a nice to have. They’re necessary if you want to keep going and keep pushing as hard as you’d like to achieve the goals you want.

And if you keep pushing yourself and straining your psyche without taking breaks, your body will eventually take one for you. You may get really sick, and that’s not something I would wish on anyone.

So, please, heed my advice and take care of yourself by taking regular breaks in your work day.


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The reality of job hunting for today’s university graduates

Final year is done and it’s time to go into the world of work and start job hunting in your respective field of study.

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Finally! The last semester of final year is done and it’s time to go into the world of work. You get your resume done and start job hunting in your respective field of study. 

But then your spirit starts to sink as you realize a month passes with no responses. Two months, three months, a year and still no responses. 

You might be wondering what you did wrong? Your resume is great – I mean you probably even got it revamped by a professional. You graduated with honours. So what’s the problem? 

These are all feelings I’m all too familiar with. This is the sad and sometimes depressing reality of job hunting for university graduates today.


Job hunting can get really discouraging

Terri-Karelle, in a video posted on her instagram page, highlighted the struggles of job hunting for young people. 

“Sometimes you do everything right, sometimes you get the grades, sometimes you have the qualifications but there is no job offer. You do the interviews but you still don’t land the job.” 

The entire process can get very discouraging. Sending out multiple resumes, dressing up for interviews only to be declined is exhausting, to say the least. It can also take a toll on your mental health. Thoughts of sadness and failure rushing through your mind are enough to drive you insane.

Sometimes when you look and see that all your friends are getting jobs and you’re the only one in the lot still struggling to find work, it hurts. You end up feeling discouraged, thinking maybe you’re the problem.


Your lack of work experience and age can be barriers to landing jobs

It is no secret that the requirement for years of experience is a major hindrance to graduates fresh out of university. Many companies require that their prospective employees have three or more years of experience in order to qualify for any job. 

The reality is that many graduates leave school without having any work experience. Because they were juggling school and extracurricular activities, most graduates simply didn’t have the time to gain relevant work experience. Some may have done internships but most times this isn’t enough for some employers.

On the other hand some companies flat out reject applicants because of their age. The applicant may meet all the qualifications necessary to land that job but because they’re “too young” they are rejected. 

According to them your youth renders you unable to effectively carry out the required task of the job. Forget about the fact that most times these are entry level jobs which are best done by the very young people that are getting rejected. And what’s funny is that these employers are usually strong “advocates” for youth development.


So, what do you do?

In the same video Terri-Karelle later asked “What do you now do? How have you developed yourself?” 

The reality is that while job hunting is discouraging and depressing you shouldn’t give up. It’s in this seemingly dark and low point in your life that the perfect moments to work on yourself appear. 

Take the time to learn a new skill, language, or enhance talents you already have. There are quite a few platforms that provide all the resources you need to develop yourself – like Linkedin, Skillshare, Udemy, Google and good old Youtube.

You can’t throw your hands in the air and vow to never apply for another job. Not now. Not when you’re so close. Continue to press for jobs, even the ones it looks like you aren’t qualified for. Just keep pushing.


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