For my entire career, I’ve always been a huge proponent of taking my lunch break.
In fact I’m quite commonly known around the office as the one that will always go out for a walk at lunch, and have befriended many coworkers over the years who want to join me sporadically or regularly.
Clearly not every day or week lends itself to taking a full lunch break but, when possible, I try and recharge.
I find my afternoons are much more productive and I can reset my energy levels for the rest of the day.
Here are 5 ideas to try out this week.
Enjoy a book
Escapism is a great way to recharge your brain. After a busy morning, reading fiction can help you step out of the work grind and even strengthen brain connections and cognitive function.
If you can’t find a cosy spot to read, download an Audible book and listen to it as you take a walk around the area.
Eat without digital distractions
This is a tough one that I continually have to work on.
It’s very easy to scoff your lunch while scrolling through all the Instagram marble bathroom or smoothie photos you’ve missed from the morning.
The problem is you very rarely enjoy your food and it’s easy to either eat past fullness or not feel full at all as you haven’t savoured your food.
I find it hard to stare into space while eating, but talking to coworkers at the office kitchen table is a good alternative and, as an added bonus, it helps build relationships.
Meet a friend
Use your lunch hour to catch up with a friend for lunch.
Chatting about topics other than work projects and enjoying a proper break at a local cafe will leave you ready to focus for the afternoon.
As an added bonus you won’t have to cram as many social engagements into the evenings and weekends if you utilise your lunch break for catch ups.
Listen to music
A good way to give your eyes a rest from screens is to plug in some good tunes.
You could enjoy music while lying in a nearby park, taking a walk (we’re seeing a pattern here) or browsing local shops.
Again it will help you get out of your own head and escape into whatever type of music works for you.
Self-care is a very positive way to spend the middle of your day.
Get a manicure, a short shoulder and neck massage or try out some makeup at a local cosmetics store.
The focus is on rejuvenating yourself and feeling fresh when you return for an afternoon of work.
What helps you recharge on your lunch break?