Taking a break doesn't necessarily mean leaving your desk or the building. Sometimes just taking a break to have a conversation with a colleague can help to refresh the mind and keep you on track.
What I enjoy in my workplace is the banter and conversation that takes place between my colleagues and I. Sometimes taking your mind of the task at hand and workload to lighten the mood and have a laugh keeps you going.
If you stare at a screen all day, taking a break from any device is helpful as well. I find that, on my lunch break, I make sure that I have some time where I am not on my computer or phone, just to give my eyes and brain a break from all that stimulates it. That means that, when I do come back to use my computer or phone, I am not so drained.
Working hard is great but taking breaks is just as important: listen to your body, mind and break accordingly!
In many work cultures, people assume the best employees work non-stop while sustaining good performance. Taking breaks during work hours is seen as a waste of time (Lim, 2002). But is that really the case? Counter to intuition, taking breaks at work may actually boost performance.