Taking a mental break helps you notice the things around you that you never knew were there. It helps you know your family, friends and those around you better. It helps you release stress. It helps you take a higher view of living, seeing the things that can't be penned on a todo list or done by planning. It helps you become more natural, creative, caring and philosophical. It brings you closer to the real you, as you observe more than reacting.
Taking a mental break is not easy and not something we are used to doing. It can be very hard to let things go on around us without exerting our presence. It's like making yourself almost invisible. It makes most people feel like others are taking them for granted. People around you will even be surprised my your new laid back and calm attitude. But it might also be the best break you've taken in a long time.