Lunch breaks are the most important breaks of the day.
Even though lunch breaks are required by law for most employees, there’s no law saying you have to spend them just eating! Check out this list of positive ways to spend your lunch break:
Take a Nap
Thomas Edison napped. Winston Churchill napped. John D. Rockefeller napped. Research shows that naps will make you more productive and reduce stress. So if you have an hour lunch break, find your spot and take a nap to rest your mind!
Meditate & Breathing Exercises
Like napping, mediation can alleviate stress and get your brain back to functioning. It will make you happier, help your concentration, and increase self-awareness. If you can’t get away from the office, reserve a conference room with no windows and quietly meditate. Or try meditating at your desk.
Practice Yoga / Pilates
And of course there’s always yoga and or pilates, which not only helps you relieve stress but can also lengthen and tone your muscles. You can also ask your colleagues to join in by planning a yoga workout in the board room or asking if they want to go to a class together. This will help you rejuvenate your work day and bond.
Invite a colleague out to lunch. To save money, plan ahead of time and each of you can bring your own. Or if there is an issue between you two, this lunch can provide a chance for reconciliation. If you’re a manager, invite your employee out to lunch and find out how they tick and how you can be more supportive.
Explore your mind. If there’s a book you’ve been meaning to read or a trashy magazine you can’t wait to crack open. Maybe even learn something new. At least let your mind concentrate on something else for a few hours.
Writing down your thoughts can free your mind of something burdening, but it’s also a chance to explore a different side of you. Maybe you’ve been itching to try your hand at writing poems, short stories, novels or scripts. Or maybe you want to write for a blog or website in your spare time for extra money. Practicing written communication will help you succeed.
Spend your time listening to a podcast – you can go for a funny one, an educational one or even catch up on some music. Again this allows you to concentrate on something else for a while and you will certainly come back more refreshed.
How do you spend your lunch break; please share with us we would love to hear.
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