At one point or another, most of us take a break from work. It may be planned or unexpected. It could be precipitated by life changes, such as having a baby, adopting or taking care of an aging parent. Or we may be laid off and out of work for an extended period of time. No matter the reason, the best thing you can do is to remain engaged professionally.
This is important for a number of reasons, including your mental health. Faced with a long bout of unemployment after working for some time can easily lead to an unhealthy rut. You must take care of yourself and simultaneously ensure that you are not falling behind while away from the workplace. This will help you tremendously when the time comes to return to work both because you will be and feel connected. If you emerge from the break with a negative or desperate perspective, employers will sense that, and you'll have a more difficult time finding a job.