To be effective and efficient, “disengage” from work, even for short periods of time. That’s the recommendation from Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, the authors of The Power of Full Engagement, for people in fast-paced, high-stress situations. They claim that when you work nonstop for extended periods, you start to become less effective and more prone to mistakes. Yet, many nurses regularly skip breaks, including meals. No matter where you work or what you do, it’s imperative to take periodic breaks for recovery and renewal, even if it’s only for five minutes at a time. Consider stepping outdoors, sitting in a chapel or meditation room, or finding another quiet spot where you can shift your thoughts to other matters. Disengaging for even a few moments is the pause that refreshes.
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