Smart break is an intelligent mindfulness program that helps prevent eye strain and mental stress by reminding and enforcing you to take regular breaks. Unlike similar reminder tools which prompt you to take breaks at fixed intervals, SmartBreak actively analyses the way you spend time on your computer and then prompts you to rest at the appropriate time, overall reducing screen time for adults and kids alike.

This way, your breaks are more effective at preventing stress related health hazards like Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). SmartBreak is the only RSI prevention program that not just reminds you to take breaks but can also enforce users to take a break, which is especially useful for kids when combined with the child lock option.

Key features
+ Prevent eye strain and mental stress from constant computer use
+ Intelligent breaks based on the amount of work you do
+ Ability to lock the display and enforce breaks
+ Hide the break window for use in offices
+ On screen stress bar to monitor your stress level
+ Child-lock feature to ensure that kids can't disable SmartBreak
+ Works even when you are inside a virtual machine or on a remote desktop

What’s New

Version 2.76

+Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

bobhamilton05 ,

Really helpful

This is amazing app. Hear me out: I know from personal experince I can be sitting down working for hours at a time without taking a break which really hurts my eyes and makes me feel bad. With this I am able to take breaks which allows me to focus on what I am doing without worrying about things or becoming anxious. This has helped me a lot. Thank You

Pablo G H ,

So primitive!

I bought this after moving from Windows to Mac to get the benefits of the excellent (and free!) Work Rave program available on Windows. I am so disappointed! This program is so unintuitive, has so few customization options, and does nothing during your breaks. You can snooze (delay a break) onlly once (which is not always enough!) and it is not at all clear how to snooze. When break time comes, it gives virtually no warning, unless you happen to be looking at the stress bar. The only indication of why your Mac locked up is that the screen dims and the word "break" shows up in small white letters in the upper right. I like my breaks to last for 8 minutes every hour, but Smart Break only lets me set break times in 5-minute increments. If something urgent comes up, I don't know how to get control of my Mac back in the middle of a break! I get that it's trying to help me, but I have enough willpower not to cancel my break unless I have to. I wish I could get my $9.95 back. This is the worst program of its ilk that I've ever tried even though it's the only such program I've ever paid money for. The adaptive breaks is why I bothered to pay, but it wasn't worth it.

Priya612 ,

Unique way to get me off my computer

I struggle to take break from working on my macbook and this app does just what it says and enforces the breaks so that I can’t skip them and continue working.


Sai Praneeth
3.2 MB
Health & Fitness

OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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