It is exciting to get that coveted new job or that promotion you’ve always wanted. There is a particular skip in your step and you seem to be powering through all the work at hand. Soon enough you are working late nights in an effort to outperform your colleagues or simply to make sure the project on-hand is completed to the best of your abilities and within the deadline. The pattern continues, and one day soon enough you find yourself laid low with what doctors describe as work induced burnout.

The best kind of work is the work that one enjoys doing. However, too much of any kind of work and one can find themselves in a situation where they may be doing permanent damage to their body. It is always important to take a little timeout from work and indulge in a little me-time to make sure your batteries are charged up. You do not need to go on a vacation to find that little bit of me-time, you can get it at your desk itself.

Here are a few reasons you should think of taking more timeouts at work:

Increased anxiety


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More and more psychiatrists are diagnosing working professionals with severe anxiety disorders regarding their work. Most of these professionals are often over burdened with work or hardly have a life outside of it.

Increased risk of heart disorders


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We can all agree that life at work is no walk in the park. The constant wheeling and dealing not to mention constant interaction with different people and a constant high level of stress may increase your risk of heart disorders.

Premature graying


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A huge complaint among young working professionals, being overworked often leads to a high degree of stress which can cause premature graying of hair.

Stress issues


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A big complaint among young professionals is the inability to deal with stress and the corresponding list of ailments it brings with it.


These are just a few of the many issues that arise due a lack of me-time in your schedule. On the flipside, here are some ways you can counter the pressure at work and sneak in a little time for your self.


Take a meditation break- Taking a five minute break to simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing is an amazing little technique to break the tedium and stress of work. It helps you gather your focus as well as calms your nerves down and helps deal with the work faster.

Read for a few hours every week- Reading is one of the best unwinding tools available to mankind. Taking a few hours out of your schedule to indulge in a good book is a brilliant idea to make sure you are giving your body the leeway to relax and wind down after a long day at work.

You are your number one priority- We often fall into the trap of giving our work more importance than us. If you seriously are feeling unwell one day and are thinking whether or not to go to work, think twice. Working hard at the cost of ones health has never led to very happy lives, or productive ones.

Take regular vacations- Sounds simple, doesn’t it, however very few of us put this genuinely fun piece of advice into practice. The office will not stop or shut down in our absence, we deserve those vacations. Coming back from a long vacation to the office will also give you a new perspective on your work and help you deal with the stress better.

What do you think?