Lunch breaks – the dreaded ‘L’ word. We all need to eat, but most of us now see taking a break as a distraction, or something we don’t have time for. Now I know that for small business owners, there is no such thing as a 9 – 5, and that you probably work all hours of the day! But how many of you actually stop to take a break at all?
So much of the work I do revolves around a screen, like so many in this day and age. However, I can tell that this is taking a toll on my body; I get bad headaches, my eyes strain and my back hurts, and I’m not alone. A recent study showed that almost 90% of people who have computer based jobs suffer with some form of the above, which is quite scary! Because this nature of work is still so new to us, we don’t yet know what long term side effects it poses.
Our lives are now busier than ever, both in and out of work, but it’s been scientifically proven that taking a 30 minute break at lunchtime will drastically improve your productivity for the rest of the day. So if you think you’re squeezing more time into your schedule by skipping a break, don’t. Instead, why not:
Cook something tasty: I’m loving @jamieoliver’s #5ingredients series, proving that you don’t need hours to make something healthy and delicious ? ?, perfect if you work from home! If not, Make something tasty to take into work, rather than opting for a fast meal ? ?
Go for a walk: a change of scenery, even for a few minutes, can have a hugely positive effect on your day ?. Let fresh air invigorate you and blow away the cobwebs ?️
Get stretchy and do a little yoga: after sitting in one position for hours on end, 10 minutes of yoga will do wonders for your body, and make you feel more fresh ?
Practice mindfulness: I love the Headspace app for this, 10 minutes of your day to sit, clear your mind, and refocus ✨
Call a loved one: combine this one with a walk, and pick up the phone. Sometimes chatting through your day with a friend can give you a whole new perspective on things and even inspire you creatively ☎️
I’d love to hear your tips on taking breaks throughout the day, is there something you do that really works?