Sometimes we tend to overcrowd our minds with the characters and plot of our stories. We're usually at it on a daily basis, sitting at the computer, brainstorming, editing, researching facts, or sometimes scrapping the whole thing. Not to mention, keeping up with the market...what's hot, what's not, etc.
Back-in-the-day, when I worked in an office, we had two 'coffee breaks' each day. A coffee cart came to our floor (before offices had coffee machines) and we waited in line for our turn for coffee, tea, and/or a donut, danish, or other sweet to go with it. (No fruit options then.) The cart came around at
approximately 10a.m., and again at 3p.m. Back then, I think it was to keep us awake in the morning, and to revive us in the late afternoon. Whatever the reason, we needed the breaks. And as writers, we do too, whether it is to stay awake, revive, or to clear our head for a time. Also, a break is a good time to stretch, get up, and walk around.
How do you get away from your 'stuff?'