How do you usually spend your lunch break? Does it consist of grubbing down a sandwich in less than 60 seconds, while simultaneously checking your email? Or maybe you don’t take one at all. It has become more and more common for professionals to work straight through the day, without even taking an hour to breathe, decompress, and eat. Not only is this unhealthy, it could have a damper on your productivity.
Lunch breaks are an imperative part of your work day, and if utilized correctly they can help you come back to the office feeling refreshed and motivated. Below we will offer some simple tips on how you can truly make the most of your lunch break without the guilt.
Just because you’re eating lunch, doesn’t mean you’re actually taking a break. Do your very best to step away from work during your lunch break. This means not checking your email, or even chatting about to-do’s. According to a study, taking a break from work, even just for 15 minutes, can improve your concentration levels throughout the day. It has also been proven that eating whilst working can lead to overeating, because of the many distractions you’re surrounded by.
You have probably been non-stop busy all morning, meaning your mind and body need a minute to relax. Instead of jumping right into the next to-do, which in this case is eating lunch, sit down and take a deep breath. Something as simple as focusing on breathing can turn your entire day around. In fact, studies show that breathing exercises not only relax us, but balance and energize us. Take a moment to decompress; your mind needs it!
The absolute worst thing you can do during your lunch break is stay put at your desk. Instead, get up and walk around the office. Try eating your lunch in the kitchen/break room. A change of scenery is good for you and can help clear your mind. If you decide to eat at your desk, then chances are you won’t actually take a break from work.
We hope these simple tips will encourage you to take a break from the daily grind to get your head in the right place. Here at Launch Workplaces, our beautiful kitchen is fully equipped with refreshments and comfortable seating to help make your lunch break an even more enjoyable experience. Invite a friend, take a seat, and enjoy your break in a relaxing environment just feet from your workspace!
Share with us the ways you make the most out of your lunch break in the comments section!