3 Ways To Reclaim Your Lunch Break
In fact, only one in three workers actually step away from their desk to take lunch. Most employees either skip it altogether or eat at their desk while working.
Tethering yourself to a desk or scarfing down your lunch in your cubicle isn’t a recipe for success – it’s a recipe for disaster.
Without taking adequate breaks from work, your productivity, mental and physical well-being, as well as overall work performance begins to suffer.
While taking breaks might sound counterintuitive to boosting productivity, it’s one of the best ways to do so.
You can regain focus and energy after stepping away from your desk, which helps prevent a slump throughout the remainder of the day.
Aside from boosting productivity, there are many benefits to taking a lunch break.
A few ideas for you:
3 ways to reclaim your lunch break
#1. Listen to a podcast
Podcasts are great for so many reasons: they’re usually free, you can listen from anywhere, and they’re a great way to I have my own here called the well-being chat, it is available on Spotify.
Don’t want to use your entire lunch hour listening to a podcast?
No problem, shows come in many shapes and sizes. You can find a quick 15-minute show or a more in-depth 60-minute show.
You can listen to a show by yourself while you take a walk or eat your lunch or make it a group thing and ask your co-workers to listen in while you eat together.
The beauty of it is it’s up to you and your schedule.
Note: I’m so inspired by podcasts, I’ve just launched my own show, the well-being chat which gives you things to think about - Check it out!
#2. Read a chapter of a book
Have you ever started reading a book that you just didn’t want to put down? Take advantage of your lunch break to check out of work and check in to the book you’re reading. It’s a great way to recharge your batteries and take your mind off the day’s deadlines. For me, taking a step back from my daily role and get fresh ideas that will influence my thinking about business and sales but from a different perspective.
#3 Get outside
Get yourself outside pronto. Studies have shown that spending time outside can decrease your heart rate and even lower your levels of cortisol- a hormone often used as a marker for stress. More time outside= less stress. It's simple!!!!
How are you going to reclaim your lunch break this week?
Blog Post Created by Natalie Davis, Founder of The Wellbeing Girl