Let’s face it—our bodies aren’t built to operate like robots (yet) and everyone, whether they admit it or not, has a hard time functioning, much less being productive, for more than 8 hours each day. Sure, there’s that occasional cram session the night before a test or the day spent working around the clock before a big deadline, but those work spurts are exhausting and greatly reduce your ability to concentrate and make informed decisions.
The simple cure? The common lunch break.
According to Business Insider, most Americans spend more than seven hours a day staring at a screen, and this screen time may lead to blurred vision, eye strain, migraines and long-term vision problems including nearsightedness. Simply stepping away from your computer screen greatly decreases the likelihood of encountering these problems.
Working in an office, we often find ourselves glued to our computer screens without realizing how much time has passed by, but when the clock strikes 12 it’s important to think about how you are spending your lunch break. Are you scarfing down a salad at your desk? Quickly munching on a sandwich while scrolling through social media notifications? Or—dare I say it—are you skipping lunch altogether?
We live in a fast-paced world where it’s easy to feel like a simple blink will result in missing something major, let alone leaving your post for more than the obligatory bathroom break. During a time when Amazon’s harsh work culture is making headlines and employees at innumerable other companies feel the pressure to work harder, longer and with fewer benefits, it can be easy to think this is the case with every modern workplace.
At Konnect Agency, we love lunch. That delightful midday hour is a cherished time when we can step away from our desks, direct our gaze away from the countless emails, and take a moment to fuel up on the literal and figurative creative juices power us through the rest of the day.
Not convinced? Follow this quick guide to freedom a la lunch break, and you’ll convert in no time.
1. Take a nap
Eyes getting heavy after a seemingly endless morning? Forget the extra cup of coffee and make like a pre-schooler. Taking a quick power-nap instead of reaching for a caffeinated beverage can help re-energize your body and make all the difference in your performance throughout the rest of the day. Settle into a quiet conference room, lay down in your car, or curl up on a comfy couch—just don’t forget to set an alarm.
2. Read a book
When was the last time you picked up a book instead of mindlessly thumbing through your Instagram or Twitter feed? Reading a book during your lunch break is another excellent way to break away from the digital world and spark some creativity. According to this article on Inc. reading each day leads an increased vocabulary, lower stress levels, higher confidence levels, and improved brain function.
3. Get lunch with a co-worker
Grabbing lunch can be a group activity. Getting away from your desk and spending time with your coworkers is a great way to add some excitement to your day and build relationships with the people you spend most of your waking hours alongside.
4. Exercise If your work has a gym or there is one nearby, your lunch break is a perfect opportunity to squeeze in some time to work out. Whether that means running on a treadmill for a quick cardio boost or lifting weights for leg day, exercise is important for your body. If you aren’t a fan of the gym, don’t fret—take a walk around the block to get some fresh air.
The path to a lunch well spent is ahead; it’s up to you to take it.