The Best Way to Get Through a Tough Day

By Samantha Boardman, M.D.
May 25, 2023

Whenever I had a really demanding day at work, my instinct was always to power through it. Other than a quick bite at my desk for lunch I never took any breaks and I certainly didn’t waste time chitchatting with my colleagues.

Little did I know that I had it all wrong. According to research—yes, there is research about this kind of thing—taking breaks makes your more productive, not less.

Of course, not any old break will do. What you do and when you do it matters.