A new research has found that only 17 per cent of us take a full hour for lunch. Of the 1,300 people, aged 16 to 75, surveyed – 66 per cent didn’t leave their workplace to have a lunch break. This rose to 70 per cent for office workers. Research has also shown that unhealthy office lifestyles is to blame for 90,000 unnecessary deaths.
By leaving your desk, having a breather and eating well you are more likely to be proactive. Meaning having more energy and having an attitude to taking on the day.
How to make the most of your Lunch Break
The whole idea of having a lunch break is so you can relax. By switching off your mind onto something else for an hour will help you reboot. You will return to work restored. Try not to be on your emails or a work call. Read book, newspaper or watch something. You will feel less stressed once you’re back in the office.
Learn to say no
Your day is probably rammed with work. Don’t be afraid to highlight your workload. If you are having your lunch break let colleagues know and understand that your are having a lunch break. By saying yes, you will loose track of time. Therefore you will have more work and become tired. Meaning you will be less productive.
Set yourself targets. Yes it’s great to be spontaneous, but if you don’t schedule you will see yourself eating a sad salad. By setting targets you will learn to switch off your office mind and focus on relaxing. For example, by 1:00pm I want to be in a nice café eating a lovely meal with a book in my hand. Visualising how you’re going to spend your break will give you greater impetus to get there.