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Coffee Breaks

Coffee Breaks: Man’s Need For Rest


If you are urbanised and have a salaried job, then almost certainly you will the break for coffee in your routines.. In nearly every job, you are always allotted 10-20 minutes to take a coffee break. Coffee breaks are sometimes considered as essential parts of employment. Having something to look forward to after a few hours of work makes the job seem, easier, if only for a while.

You know what I’m talking about, right?

From childhood, if you were brought up in the United States and Continental Europe, the chances are you were raised on the culture of coffee breaks. In Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, India and the Far East that would be tea break. But that is for another time on a website dedicated to tea. What is a recess, after all, if not a childhood form of the coffee break?

It seems that even since we were kids, we have been taught that we all need rest. Recess or "break"to us, was the one time in the entire school day, when we could be ourselves and not face the pressures of our teachers.

What is the importance of coffee breaks?

Even if you don't drink coffee, you know that a coffee break means so much more than a cup or two of that energizing brew.

Coffee breaks are a time to kick back, relax, cool down a little and gather your energy for what’s coming next.

They are like a metaphor for life: Coffee breaks are there because we are, in essence just human. We can’t work all day and have no rest. Even God was said to rest after creating the world.

Even machines, need their little “coffee breaks” right? Otherwise, they break down.

If there’s one thing in common with everything in this world, it’s the need for a “coffee break”.

When you’re feeling down and tired of your job, you don’t really look forward to retirement, do you? You’re looking forward to that coffee break and what comes with it.

You look forward to chatting with your co-workers, to a cup of enervating coffee, and to some food and time to think and plan ahead.

We do have futures and long-term plans to look forward to, but we all need something more immediate until those plans come to pass.

Don’t you?

A coffee break is like sleep: You look forward to it, but you know you can’t have it forever.

You look forward to that coffee break because it would give you a respite, but you know that you have to earn money, so you don’t want to be on a coffee break the rest of your life.

Do you?

Time, to us is very important. However, even the most time-conscious person would agree to the necessity of coffee breaks to the productivity and output.

How would you describe a coffee break? Time to freshen up? to assess your work? and to decide your pace? It is a time to reflect on your previous hours work; what you did, and think about what to do next.

On a coffee break, you can do this without the pressure of the clock.

People also need to relate to others. After all, how many times have you experienced where you’ve been working together for a long time yet you don’t know the person next to you?

Lunch breaks are a different routine. They are necessary because we need to eat. Lunch breaks are the times when we recharge our spent-up batteries. They don’t offer the same comfort coffee breaks do.

This comfort is what makes a coffee break, a coffee break.

It inspires people to gather together, to interact and to connect.

Isn’t interaction, after all, a part of what makes us alive?

The coffee break is essential because we all need a time to rest.

But we don’t really look forward to resting in peace… at least not yet.

Grabbed another coffee yet?
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