It’s one thirty in the afternoon and I have been sitting in this chair for nearly six hours. There is a conference call droning on that I shouldn’t have accepted, a half-eaten energy bar by my keyboard, while I multi-task with emails, instant messages, and the occasional pop-in question.  Sound familiar? Have you ever felt like this on a Monday, or any other day? As I look around the office, I am not alone. People rarely take time for lunch anymore, let alone eat together, and the only people I see taking regular breaks are those who smoke.    That was two years ago. Before I gave myself permission to begin taking breaks on my own and with my team.  Permission seems to matter. The #1 reason that people don’t take breaks is they feel guilty; primarily due to the lack of their managers and leaders taking breaks.  When I started taking short breaks with our team, very few wanted to join me. I was fairly new to the organization, and even though I was a couple of levels up we needed to get everyone involved for them to feel it was acceptable. We began with a 5-minute standing stretch routine...