Summer is upon us and more than ever we wish we were cruising on a yacht or lying on a beach, which is all possible on holiday, but for the most part we will probably be spending our summer days in the office. Because we spend so much time at work it’s important that we give ourselves time to rejuvenate our mind and body rather than succumbing to sitting on our desks throughout our lunch breaks.
However busy we may be, a lunch break will help you tackle the long afternoon ahead with a sense of rejuvenation!
Here is how to make the most of your hour away from the desk…
Most jobs involve remaining hunched over a desk for far too long which can cause all sorts of posture problems. If you have a gym near by why not spend half an hour moving those muscles by doing some cardio to reenergise before the afternoon ahead? Instead of opting for the nearest sandwich bar you could also walk down a bit further just to give your legs slightly more of a stretch.
If you work in the city you could head down to some nearby galleries or libraries, which will give you a chance to put thoughts of work out of your mind and focus on some culture and history. If you’re close by to a high street you could also check out the local charity shops or cafes which will provide a change of scenery and you could even find yourself a fancy piece of clothing or your new favourite coffee.
When the weather gets hot, sometimes all we want to do is relax. Find your nearest park and take a leisurely stroll with a friend or colleague, or if you prefer, on your own. Spend your lunch appreciating the greenery and sunshine around you. If you’re lucky enough, you could even fit in a quick snooze, but don’t forget to set an alarm! 10-15 minutes kip is also a great way to lift your energy levels for the rest of the day.
Sitting at a desk for hours on end can gives us all sorts of pain, particularly around our neck and back. If you live in the city, you might be lucky enough to find some massage parlours that offer express appointments that you can fit into your lunch break. Mini manicures or a visit to the barbers are also realistic options if you want to treat yourself to some time out during your lunch break, but of course make sure you book in advance.
Depending on your location, some of these options may not be possible, but we can be sure that summer will bring us at least a few days of pleasant weather, so even a stroll down the street is better than nothing. With earphones you could spend the hour listening to relaxing or inspiring podcasts, or simply taking in the scenery around you. Any kind of break from an artificial screen will benefit you so don’t take your lunch hours for granted, it could be the key to improving your comfort, happiness and productivity!