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Hannah Parry
Hannah Parry
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  • 22nd August 2011

Regular breaks: an essential part of an office worker’s day

A healthy length of time away from a desk is found to be the key to preventing stress in office workers in the city of London. A much needed rest for the brain has been proven to reduce errors and stress, as stress doctor Terri Bodell expresses. A consultant clinical psychotherapist specialising in life skills development, Ms Bodell has found that "Almost everyone that I have asked admits that, when they work through without taking breaks, they become less productive, less energetic and more inefficient as the day progresses, which can lead to mistakes and stress."

For many office workers, it has become ‘the norm’ to grab lunch as they work, often not leaving their desks and leading to 37 percent of Britons being stressed by ‘workplace problems’ according to

A direct link has been found between stress levels and lack of breaks. The average office worker, Ms Bodell posits, should have a break of around 20 minutes every two to three hours with a lunch break of at least 30 minutes away from their desk in order to prevent rising stress levels and create a healthy working environment.

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