According to recent research by Simply Health, millions of UK workers are not taking a proper lunch break. Instead they are eating at their desk, on the go or not at all. It seems that this is common practice in a lot of work places across the UK.
Research shows that it is essential to take a break during the working day and in actual fact this can make you more productive and have a positive impact on your health.
We’ve pulled together a few suggestions of how you can spend your lunch break for a happier and healthier you.
Don’t be a hero and starve yourself for the sake of looking industrious. If you don’t eat properly at lunchtime you are likely to feel lightheaded and suffer from headaches in the afternoon.
Take some time to eat your lunch; don’t just gobble down a sandwich at your desk. Why not sit somewhere else, or go out to eat? Eating at our desk and being distracted by what’s on our screen can actually end up making us eat more than we need. Eating slowly and mindfully can prevent us from overeating and reduce the risk of obesity.
Why not pack your lunch the night before – make something you know you’ll enjoy but try and make it as healthy as possible avoiding sugary drinks and treats. Not only will this have a positive impact on your health, but taking your own lunch to work can also save you a fortune.
Is there any better way to take your mind off work than by escaping into the wonderful world of a good book?
According to recent studies, reading can reduce stress levels and have a hugely positive impact on our health and wellbeing. Reading is a great way to unwind, it can help us to restore our minds and prepare ourselves for the rest of our working afternoon. It can also have a positive impact on our brain development sometimes even reducing the risks of cognitive decline.
So take a break from the technology that surrounds you. Find a quiet corner of the office to sit and enjoy a book. Alternatively find a comfy chair in your local coffee shop and read there, it really is the perfect way to unwind and recharge your batteries.
Not a big reader? Try a crossword or Sudoku instead. Brain training puzzles are a great way of taking a break from work and they can also improve your memory, help you think faster and boost your productivity.
We all know that walking is great for our health, but taking a walking break during the working day can really lift your spirits and improve your energy levels. A short stroll can be the ultimate stress buster.
Whether you’re a leisurely ambler or a super speedy strider, fresh air and light cardio vascular exercise can boost productivity levels for the afternoon ahead and help you sleep better at night.
Stretching can also help. The simple act of stretching before and after your walk can help loosen your body and relieve pressure.
Pouring with rain outside? Drive to a local mall or undercover shopping centre and have a stroll around. After all, there’s no harm in window-shopping!
What is mindfulness? It’s simply about paying more attention to the present moment and not worrying about the past and future, bringing your focus to your current thoughts and feelings and to the world around you. Doing this on a regular basis can improve your mental wellbeing, help you to understand yourself better and encourage you to enjoy life.
According to Professor Mark Williams, former Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, “Mindfulness is about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives”
Why not use your lunch break to practice mindfulness? Sit down, relax and start relieving some of that stress. Headspace is a great place to start.
The idea of taking a power nap during work hours is becoming more and more acceptable these days as it can boost productivity and improve concentration for the rest of the day.
Taking a nap for 20 minutes can help you restore lost energy, rejuvenate your body and mind and make you feel fresh and alert.
Nowhere quiet and comfortable in the office to nap? Why not go out to your car, recline the seat and drift away. Just don’t forget to set an alarm!
We spend a lot of time with our work colleagues, sometimes more time than we spend with our own families. Love them or hate them, sometimes it’s nice to get away from our colleagues in favour of catching up with an old friend.
Instead of using your lunch break to scroll through your pals’ Facebook feed, why not meet them for lunch, give them a ring or Skype them? Staying in touch with people you care about can have a positive impact on your overall health.
Using your lunch break to catch up on your favourite TV shows is a great way to reduce your stress levels and raise your spirits. TV is accessible anywhere now. So grab some headphones, plug in your smart device and watch something you love.
It might seem terribly indulgent to watch TV at work, but that’s the whole point of this blog. Your lunch break is exactly that, time for you to take a break. Why not do something that makes you happy?
Your lunch break should be viewed as one of the most important parts of your day. Whatever you choose to do, as long as you’re taking a break from work the results will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
Think of your lunch break as a period of personal rejuvenation, you’ll thank yourself for it and you’ll end up being more productive for the rest of your working day.
How do you like to spend your lunch break? We’d love to know.
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