It would be a lie if we said working from home isn’t great. Completing your work checklist in the comfort of your own home, especially in pajamas, feels fantastic. Though, when it comes to lunch breaks, it’s time to take them seriously.
No matter your work environment, taking a lunch break is essential. It re-energizes you, boosts your mood, increases your focus and energy the entire day. However, watching a fifteen-minute episode on Netflix and calling it a lunch break doesn’t count.
No matter the time you have to spare, a proper lunch break consists of stepping away from your desk and screen to engage in something else. Therefore, it’s time to start a lunchtime routine by doing some of these seven things while working from home.
Step Away From Your Desk
It’s no secret that it’s easy to get glued to your desk. It’s pretty common to spend a minute or two chomping down on food or scrolling on our phone while still seated by our work desk, which isn’t good for you. Therefore, begin with baby steps and get into the habit of stepping away.
Changing scenery is excellent at helping you clear your head, making it easy to reset, and experience a more positive day. So, be kind to yourself and as soon as that lunch break hits, get moving and enjoy some fresh air outside or head into a different part of the room.
Move Your Body
It’s easy to blame our sedentary lifestyles on the current ease of access. That means if you have managed to peel yourself away from your work desk, that’s a significant first step. Now, the only question left is what to do?
The main aim is to get moving to get your blood flowing, giving you energy both physically and mentally. That means considering doing some house chores such as washing dishes that have been in the sink for some time, dancing, or going for a walk.
Do Reflective Practices
Restorative breaks are always the way to go. When working, our mind constantly juggles trying to get everything done, so use this precious time to give your mind a break. After all, it wouldn’t hurt to check in with yourself.
Therefore, whip your yoga mat out and engage in some relaxing meditation or yoga. By doing this, you will get a healthy perspective on life and work too. But, if yoga and mediation are not your things, you can try other reflective practices like napping, journaling, or coloring.
Engage In Self-Care
Self-care is not only for the day or nighttime routines anymore. Loving yourself means that no matter how much time you have to spare, engaging in self-care is still something you should do, no matter the time frame.
Besides, work mornings are sometimes hectic and can have you nearly pulling out your hair. Therefore, why not use your lunch break to take a bath or do a face mask. You will be surprised how a short pamper sesh will boost your mood the rest of the day.
Eat Lunch Mindfully
It’s normal to also feel like doing nothing during your lunch break. Sometimes, you don’t have the energy to do anything at all, and that is fine. But that doesn’t mean to remain on your work desk.
How about having a mindful lunch. That means all distractions aside (sorry, Netflix) and using your time to taste the flavors and textures while exercising mindful eating. After all, you will feel more grounded thus, making it easier to tackle afternoon activities like a piece of cake.
Make A Plan
It is possible to squander your lunch break all in the name of free time. Especially during busy days, you can feel like you don’t want to waste any second, so it is okay to use your lunch break to plan for the afternoon.
Try and think of how you would like your afternoon to pan out to maximize your productivity. However, we recommend scheduling calls a few hours later after lunch and not immediately, as that might make you stressed out and consequently reduces the quality of your lunch break.
Run Personal Errands
Some activities are challenging to do in the evening. Think, heading to the bank or running to the post office. Therefore, your lunch break would become an excellent time to check off your pending personal errands.
However, we recommend only doing so if you have sufficient time to run your errands. Also, try to avoid cramming too many personal errands during your break as that is a formula for stress, and you might become counterproductive as a result.