I’m going to get straight to the point here: Take a break.
Schedule regular breaks every day
Schedule regular vacations (you decide how long) throughout the year.
Make them habits
- Taking a vacation increases productivity by 82% (Lovell, 2004)
- In 2007, workplace stress was estimated to cost US companies more than $300 billion a year in poor performance, absenteeism and health costs (Wittern, 2007)
- Stress and mental health problems accounted for 40% of long-term disability claims in Canada in 2006 (Simard, 2006)
- One-third of Americans feel they are living with extreme stress. (America Psychological Association, 2007)
- Fifty-one percent of employees said they were less productive at work as a result of stress (American Psychological Association, 2009)
- Forty-four percent of workers have gained weight in their current job and nearly one-third (32%) say that work related stress contributed to their weight gain (CareerBuilder Inc., 2010b).
Make it a habit.