Take a Soothing Coffee Break

By: Angelina Pyrkins

All people need to rest. It's a part of human nature. In nearly every job, you are typically allotted ten to twenty minutes to take a coffee break.

Most everyone who works for a living sees coffee breaks as vital parts of employment. After a few hours on the job, it's a little ray of sunshine and something to look forward to.

We're raised from childhood to understand the concept of a coffee break. After all, school recess is no more than a pre-adolescent form of the coffee break. Even as children, we're taught that everyone needs to have a little time to rest and relax. For children, recess is the one time in the entire day when they can play and be themselves without pressure from their teachers.

What makes coffee breaks so important?

Even those who don't drink coffee understand that a coffee break means so much more than time to indulge in a cup of aromatic brew. The coffee break gives us time to kick back, chill out, cool down and recharge our energy for what's coming next.

These breaks are a metaphor for life: coffee breaks are there because we are, in essence, only human. We can't work all day without any rest. Even God rested after creating the world.

Machines, like people, need to take breaks during the day. Otherwise, they'll overheat, over stress and eventually break down. Maybe we're not that different from machines, after all. We all need to take a coffee break to keep cranking out the work.

When you're feeling blue and tired of your job, you don't really look forward to retirement, do you? You're anticipating that coffee break and what comes with it. You look forward to chatting with your co-workers, to a cup of stimulating coffee, and to a snack and time to think and plan ahead.

Of course, we all have futures and long-term plans to look forward to, but we also need something in the meantime that's more immediate to keep us going until those plans come to fruition. A coffee break is much like sleep: You look forward to it, but you know you can't have it forever. If you slept forever, you'd have no chance to live your life. So, you eagerly anticipate that little rest on your coffee break but, knowing that you can't live if you don't earn money, you don't plan on taking a coffee break for the rest of your life.

Time holds so much importance in today's society. Even the most time-conscious person, however, will agree that coffee breaks are a much-needed component of productivity.

A coffee break gives you time to become refreshed, to assess your work and to determine your pace. You can take the time to reflect on what you've done, and consider what you'll do next. Your coffee break is the opportunity to clear your thoughts and forget, for a few moments, about the pressures of the clock.

People need to socialize, even at work. Have you ever held a job for months or even years, and you still don't know the person sitting next to you? Go ahead and get acquainted.

Lunch breaks don't hold the same motivation. Lunch is a necessity, because we need to eat. These midday breaks are times to recharge our overused batteries, but they just don't offer the same sort of comfort.

This type of comfort is what makes a coffee break so special. People are encouraged to gather together, interact and connect. Treat yourself to a coffee break, and get the rest that you deserve. Your work can wait for a few more minutes.

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Author Angelina Pyrkins contributes articles to a variety of web magazines, on healthy lifestyle and home garden topics.

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