Java straight to your desk may sound like a godsend, but you could be missing out on the health benefits of taking an old-fashioned coffee break
Starbucks on demand is every woman's dream. A double espresso at the office in the morning? A pumpkin spice latte at lunch? A green tea without leaving the comfort of your own home? Don't mind if we do! And now, for a flat $4.99 fee, Starbucks will make this dream a reality. Just place your order through Postmates and the 'bucks will bring the buzz to you (in select cities only).
But yet, is this really as good of a thing as it seems? We don't want to burst your caffeinated bubble, but we're just going to say it: We think you need a coffee break.
Deskside delivery is certainly convenient but there's something to be said for taking an old-fashioned coffee break—emphasis on the break.
Women are social creatures and getting a little talk time with your besties may be just what you need to stay on top of your game at work. The 2013 Gallup report The State of the American Workplace found that women who made strong social connections on the job were more productive, felt more passionate about their work, had higher job satisfaction, and were less likely to quit. Plus, a meta-study done by Brigham Young University found that women who made time to connect with friends increased their odds of survival by a whopping 50 percent. (Socialization is one of the 10 Ways to Be Happier at Work Without Changing Jobs.)
Similarly, taking periodic breaks throughout your day benefits your health. When it comes to your mind, even a short walk can boost your creativity and problem-solving skills, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. As for your body? Breaks are just what the doctor ordered. For example, the longer you sit, the more likely you are to get heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and gain weight, said a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) even made an official recommendation that people take regular five-minute breaks to stand, stretch, walk, or get a drink of water. (Learn The Most Productive Way to Take a Break at Work.)
So if you feel tempted by Starbuck's admittedly tempting offer, ask yourself: Do you really need another reason to stay sitting at your desk? Take our advice: Keep your $4.99 and your coffee break.