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It is a beautiful day. You are happy, excited, rested, and eager to begin your work. You arrive at work, clock in, go to your desk, and work busily. When lunch arrives, you ignore your growling stomach and continue to work. Federal law says that an employee who works a full day is required to take a lunch break. Why?

It might be because working nonstop, regardless of how much you enjoy the work, is stressful. The mind and body need a break from the work in order to function at their best and do the best work possible. If you do not take a lunch break and instead work through lunch, you will not do your best work. You might even be putting your health at risk, risking a heart attack or a stroke. There are several benefits of taking a lunch break.

One benefit, of course, is that you will get a chance to eat. Food provides you with nourishment. Nourishment gives you the energy to do your work.

Another benefit is that you will get a chance to exercise. Too much sitting can cause blood clots in the legs, which can interfere with circulation. Exercise will help to prevent blood clots and improve circulation. It will also help you to beat fatigue so that you can do more work in a shorter amount of time.

A third benefit of taking a break is that it will boost your creativity. Ideas do not fall out of the sky, now will they magically pop up on your computer screen when you need them. You have to come up with them yourself. It may be difficult to come up with ideas when you are sitting at your desk, staring at your computer and watching the cursor as it blinks relentlessly. When you get a break, step away from your desk and take a quick walk. If you work in a large building with several floors, you can walk briskly on your floor, walk up and down the stairs, or leave the building to walk outside. Enjoy the breeze, and see what the rest of the world is doing. When you take a break, you will be surprised by how quickly the ideas start to flow. You may find yourself thinking, "Now why didn't I think of that before?" The answer is simple: you needed exercise and a change of scenery.

When you go back to work, take your lunch break. Your job and your health depend on it.

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