5 Simple Tips for a Healthier Lunch Break
No matter how much work you have piled up on your desk, skipping your lunch break isn’t advisable. According to a recent article, growing numbers of American workers aren’t leaving their desks during their lunch break due to excessive amounts of pressure. While it’s important to dedicate yourself to your work, failing to take a break can actually lead to burnout and stress. On the other hand, the “Take Back the Lunch Break” survey found that “workers value their lunch breaks and feel more engaged and productive when they make the time to take a lunch break every day.” With that in mind, here are some tips to help you make the most of your daily lunch break:
1. Listen to a podcast
In a previous article, we discussed how learning about health and wellness doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process. There’s a huge variety of podcasts available on offer, so you can just put on a pair of earphones and multitask while eating your lunch. For instance, Ali on the Run gives useful tips that help runners of all levels grow physically and mentally through motivational real-life lessons. Optimal Health Daily gives general tips on the latest health trends in a bite-sized package, tackling issues like intermittent fasting, flu vaccinations, flossing, and more.
2. Get some exercise
If you’re stuck sitting at your desk all day, staring in front of a computer screen can lead to tense shoulders and muscle aches. When lunch break rolls around, Gala Bingo suggests maximizing your lunch hour by doing something active. It’ll give you the energy you need to get you through the rest of the day. If you’re not motivated enough to complete a full workout, try taking a walk around the block or grab a yoga mat and do some light stretches. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.
3. Talk to someone new
Having an intimate circle of office friends is great, but what about stepping out of your comfort zone and talking to someone new? Forbes recommends making the most out of your workplace interactions and getting to know the people who surround you. There’s more to people than meets the eye, and “when you don’t really know those you interact with it’s easy to dehumanize them and take them for granted. Take some time to get out of the office, grab a sit down lunch, and get to know your co-workers.”
4. Don’t forget meal prep
It may sound like common sense, but one of the keys to a healthier lunch break is preparing healthy food for yourself. It can be very tempting to grab whatever food is available, even though it may be unhealthy. However, a tip from Fit Foodie Finds is to pack your own lunch, and a Buddha bowl is a quick and easy option. Try including “a whole grain, a lean meat, tons of veggies and toppings galore,” such as a roasted chickpea bowl with cilantro avocado dressing for optimum goodness.
5. Plan out your week
Lastly, if you feel overwhelmed with everything on your plate, it’s a good idea to take a breather during your lunch break and plan out your week ahead. Writing things down in a bullet journal or a planner will help you regroup and focus on your goals. If there’s anything you need to do, you can break it up into parts and keep track of your progress. You’ll notice an increase in your productivity and focus once you have things on paper.
From this list, it’s clear to see that there are limitless ways to maximize your lunch break. Mix it up once in a while for a happier, healthier mindset.