The working day shouldn’t all be about work, as failing to take a proper break can quickly lead to burnout.
Your lunch hour is the perfect opportunity to switch off from tasks and set aside a little time just for you.
Obviously you can eat your lunch, but there are other activities that can help you to relax and return to work refreshed. Here are a few of our suggestions that we recommend trying out.
Listen to a podcast or audiobook
Whether it’s Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter or a self-improvement expert sharing inspiring messages, listening to an audiobook or podcast in the middle of the day can have a very calming effect.
Anything goes, so find something you like and make it your lunchtime treat (maybe try a humorous podcast, as they’re great for lightening the mood after a stressful morning).
Chat with a colleague
Many people don’t truly get to know their co-workers, which can be a real shame.
Aside from creating stronger working relationships, having a chat with a colleague can also be a real eye-opener, as you’re bound to have things in common.
It could be that you follow the same football team or share similar hobbies – have a natter and find out!
Go for a walk
Sometimes it’s the really simple actions that make all the difference.
Going for a walk at lunchtime means that you’ll get some exercise, soak up the natural light, inhale plenty of fresh air, stretch your legs, switch off from your tasks and experience a change of scenery.
Try taking different routes each day and make sure to look around, as you’ll spot interesting places and details that you’ve never noticed before.
Do a puzzle
There really is nothing quite like a brainteaser to get the old grey matter working.
Doing a puzzle can result in a part of your brain that’s been inactive all day to spark into life, which is both enjoyable and motivating for the afternoon ahead.
Whether it’s a book of puzzles, the crossword in the newspaper or an app, give them a go and improve your problem-solving abilities.
Play a board game
If you’d rather make it more of a social activity, board games are a brilliant way to have fun and get colleagues involved
There are all kinds of board games to choose from, although we recommend steering clear of Monopoly and Risk, as you don’t want to accidentally spend the rest of the day rolling dice!
Learn something new
If you love learning new things, this is an excellent way to spend your lunch hour.
Thanks to there being an app for everything, it’s never been easier to pick up new skills and develop your skills.
Popular examples are language apps such as Duolingo, but you could learn anything you like, such as watching carpentry tutorials on YouTube or visiting websites that teach you how to knit.
It’s up to you what you learn, so make the most of your break.
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