Some workdays are so hectic that eating lunch in front of the computer is just about as close to a break as you can get. But not taking a few minutes away from anything work related can lead to strained and painful muscles, higher stress, increased irritability, and a higher incidence of long-term health risks like depression, heart disease, and diabetes. Taking small breaks throughout the day not only benefits mental and physical health. Stopping to do something else—whether it’s eating a healthy snack, reading, walking, listening to music, or socializing—is essential if you want to do your job well. Read on to learn more reasons why breaks are so important plus strategies to get more out of work breaks.