The key to a perfect lunchbreak

17th Aug 2017 by Space2B

We’re all guilty of sneaking a snack at our desk and not taking a proper lunchbreak now and again.

Whether this is because we are simply too busy to leave the office or it seems to be company etiquette not to take a lunch hour, stepping away from work for a while, savouring something yummy and socialising will do you wonders. 

Here are our tips for the perfect lunch break:

  • Chill out – relaxing, even just for 15 minutes, will boost productivity. Go to a quiet place and try to switch off from work. Even better, if you have the opportunity, take a twenty minute nap.
  • Fresh air – going for a brisk walk in the open air has been proven to increase the happy hormones, and a bit of sunshine (if we’re lucky!) will increase serotonin – a natural mood booster.
  • For those office workers lucky enough to have access to a gym nearby (or onsite such as The Maltings), ‘just do it’! Mid-afternoon is the optimum time for exercise, so take a late lunch and take full advantage.
  • Eat the right foods – try a tuna sandwich or mackerel salad to boost your brainpower and blueberries for pudding to help concentration. Avoid anything too sugary that may induce a post-lunch slump.
  • Focus on the food – If you’re not concentrating on what you’re putting in your mouth chances are you’ll overeat and, while it’s important not to miss a meal, it’s also key not to eat too much as this can increase melatonin which can cause drowsiness.
  • Socialise – make the most of your time and go for a catch up, either with colleagues (NOT talking about work!), friends or family. Clear your head of work for 60 minutes.
  • Utilise your free time – if you have errands to run or essentials to buy don’t waste your evening or weekends, make your lunch break count.
  • Break with tradition – experiment with your lunch. A homemade Caesar salad, a halloumi wrap or visiting a local deli can make a nice change and avoid getting stuck in a lunchtime rut. Give yourself something to look forward to.

The Maltings boasts an onsite gym and café, as well as break out areas. To find out how The Maltings can work for you, your business and your employees, visit space2b.wales, call 02920 46 20 45 or email space2b@themaltings.co.uk.

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