You could stay at your desk….or you could not.
Having lunch at the desk might be tempting – especially for all the workaholics out there. A far healthier idea, however, is to allow yourself a bit of time away from your screen, in order to re-coup and destress. Leaving your desk at lunch is known to improve afternoon productivity, boost your mood and clear your mind. We’ve compiled a list of 5 things you can do to improve your work day, by getting up leaving your desk at lunch – some can even be combined for making the most out of your lunch break!
Catch Some Rays
Lack of Vitamin D has been linked to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Good ol’ Vitamin D (also known as the sunshine vitamin) is produced by the body in response to the skin being exposed to the sun. Some really complex analysing here has us conclude that no sun = no Vitamin D. Revolutionary. So why not make sure your levels are topped up and have your lunch kicking back in the sunshine. Just don’t forget to slip, slop, slap.
Listen to Classical Music
Some studies state that listening to classical music can actually improve intelligence! We’re not going to make any promises here, but we can say that popping on some headphones listening to a classical playlist will leave you with a more relaxed and clear mind.
Make a Call
Let’s admit it, somewhere on your to do list is ‘’call mum back’’. Unfortunately, touching base with family and friends often falls to the bottom of the list when you get to the office and by the end of the day, it’s completely slipped your mind. The next day, the cycle starts all over again. Conversations with the people we love, are a great way to de-stress and take a break from the work day.
So call a loved one at lunch – maybe even make that call in the sun – two birds, right? You can return to your desk knowing you’ve made mums day.
The human body is designed to move! Use your lunch break to go for a walk or do some simple stretches. A 30-minute walk will help to release tension, increase circulation, clear your mind, burn some calories, reduce stress AND increase creativity – not bad, right? Hey, add some classical music while you walk and you may return to the office with the focused energy of Mozart post-macchiato.
Have Lunch With a Friend/Colleague
You need to eat food to survive – and, hey, look at that! So do your pals! So why not invite them out for lunch? Being social and developing your personal and workplace relationships is a far better idea than sitting alone behind a closed door.
So get out in the sun, chuck on some classical, make a call, take a walk and go get some lunch!