4 Reasons To Take Your Lunch Break
We get it: Sometimes it’s not easy to squeeze in a lunch break during a crazy day. Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people actually take a break for a midday meal. Most workers just eat at their desks, but it’s so important for your health, sanity and work/life balance. Here are four things to do on your lunch break that will maximize your productivity. Bye-bye, mid-day slump. Hello, effectiveness!
Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people actually take a break for a midday meal.
EAT RIGHT. This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to eat a healthy and nutritious meal away from your desk and computer. Reaching for quick junk food that’s packed with sodium and simple carbs will only make you feel like a zombie the rest of the day. Brain-powering food (like fish, nuts, avocado, and whole grains) will propel your productivity. Salmon rice bowl, anyone?
TAKE A WALK. Oh, the wonders of Vitamin D and actually taking a break! Just going outside and taking a walk around the block is restorative. Even if it’s just 15 to 20 minutes, taking a break is a proven to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day. Plus, a walk refreshes your attention spans so you return to work with renewed focus.
AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA. You’d be surprised to learn what scrolling though Instagram or Twitter does to your concentration. Not only is it a time suck of your lunch break, but checking your news feed can make you even more tire. Plus, just a few minutes can turn into 30 minutes. Instead, use your break to rest your eyes – even sitting quietly and focusing on your lunch. Think of it as a small act of mindfulness.
TAKE A QUICK NAP. This one requires a later lunch break, but our body clocks have a natural dip in energy in the afternoon at around 2pm every day. Which means the perfect time for a 20 minute cat nap (20 minutes or less avoids the grogginess known as sleep inertia). Post nap you’ll have more room in your working memory for new information and ready to take on your next to-dos.