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Taking some time out of the working day to focus on relaxation could increase productivity, according to new research.
A paper presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology annual conference revealed daily “me time” could ensure workers are more focused at work.
Dr Almuth McDowall of the University of Birbeck, who headed up the research, found the amount of “me time” needed varied signficantly, but better results were seen based on quality rather than quantity.
Me time is a much talked about concept usually because people lament that they don’t have any. Interestingly we found that ‘me time’ doesn’t have to be solitary and is more beneficial if it involves freely chosen activities,” explained Dr McDowall.
“Overall, our research suggests if people take time out to recharge their batteries and experience the time taken out as high quality, this reaps benefits for their own psychological wellbeing, their family relationships and for their employers,” she added.