How to make the most of your lunch breaks

Whatever industry you work in, taking regular breaks is essential. Giving your body and mind a rest helps us to be more productive and energetic. Our lunch breaks are usually the ones we can squeeze the most goodness out of, as long as we actually take them…

We know – some days are busy and our to-do lists can feel overwhelming. We may think skipping a break will help us get on top of it. The thing is, when we work through our lunch breaks we over-work ourselves, feel more stressed and get less productive.

So, those days when you feel overwhelmed are the days you really need to take your breaks. OK, now we have that out the way, here are some lovely ways to make the most of your lunch break:

Go for a walk

Getting out of your working environment, even if it’s just for a few minutes can do wonders for our mind. It helps us switch off of work-mode for a short time and gives us a little mental break.

If weather permits, head outside and go for a walk. Many of us spend our days sat down at a desk, so getting moving can be really beneficial to our health.

Do some yoga stretches

If you sit at a desk for work, getting up and doing a few yoga stretches or Pilates moves can help encourage mobility and flexibility. Find a quiet area and run through a few postures that encourage you to open up your chest and shoulders.  

Meditate

This is an opportune time to fit in some meditation. There are plenty of short meditations or breathing exercises you can find online or through apps (we love Headspace, Calm and Insight Timer).

Sit somewhere quiet and take a few minutes to simply be still and focus on your breath.

You should feel calmer, more collected and ready to take on the afternoon’s tasks after.  

Read a book

It’s tempting to use your lunch break to check your phone and scroll through social media to see what you’ve missed over the last few hours.

If you want to reduce your screen time though (and if you’re looking at a computer screen most of the day, we highly recommend that you do!) try reading a book at lunch instead.

You’ll nourish your mind and soul without staring at a screen – win-win.

Listen to a podcast or music

Podcasts are another great way of taking information in without looking at a screen. Fill your lunch breaks with interesting conversations, learn something new or simply be entertained by your favourite podcast.

If you’ve hit information overload (trust us, it happens) try listening to some calming music instead. Become aware of your surroundings and let your mind wander.

Meet a friend

Use your lunch breaks to connect with others – why not see if a friend can meet you for lunch? Avoid work-chat if possible and enjoy having some quality time with someone you care about.

Do… nothing

We know, this is a mind-blowing concept – but how about taking some time at lunch to really just, do nothing? Sit outside, take in the sights and process your morning. Think about what you’re grateful for, people-watch and mindfully enjoy the food you’re nourishing your body with today.

How do you make the most of your lunch breaks? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

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Katherine

Written by Katherine

Kat is a Content Producer for Memiah and writer for Therapy Directory and Happiful magazine.

Written by Katherine

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