Research proves that taking a break from task-related stress allows you to come back more focused and productive than before. One study found that for every 52 minutes of work, highest performing employees took a 17 minute break. Considering the brain is like other muscles in the body and tires from repeated stress, it makes sense to give it a rest now and then. Think about that the next time your kid starts to melt down while doing homework or practicing the piano. And, you wouldn’t make your athlete workout without breaks!