Even as a consultant, I felt a (self-inflicted) pressure to work through my breaks. It didn’t feel good when I stopped for a break and everyone else was still working (especially if there were plenty of patients waiting to be seen).
Deep down, I knew all the reasons why I SHOULD have been taking breaks regularly and why it was important. I knew that not taking breaks wasn’t doing anyone any favours. It was not helping my colleagues; and it definitely was not helping the patients. And yet, I did often skip breaks.