The concept of a lunch hour may be as much a relic from the past as fax machines, but that does not mean that you cannot take a break from the daily grind. Here are a few easy considerations for those days that do not demand of you a working lunch.
Stretch The Legs & Get Those Steps In
Even if it is for 15 to 20 minutes, get the blood moving and go for a brisk walk. Not only will it help you achieve your “steps” goal for the day, but you will find that it will significantly reduce the afternoon “blahs”. Also, consider taking an exercise class one or two days a week to create a routine (we get that mornings and evenings may not be an option for many of us). Innovative fitness studios like Alchemy 365, provide a great option for those looking for a well-rounded and comprehensive fitness experience.
Listen To Your Favorite Podcast
What may help motivate you to stretch your legs is listening to a podcast. Use it as an opportunity to get ahead on books you have been meaning to read via streaming services like Audible or your local library (most libraries now allow you to download audiobooks and it is free). It can also be an opportunity to catch up on current events or to get inspired. A favorite of ours is How I Built This, which dives into the stories behind some of the world's best-known companies.
Expand Your Culinary Horizons
If you happen to work in a larger city, you may find that during the warmer months, your lunchtime options expand significantly thanks to the proliferation of food trucks. This is a great way to try out new cuisines and dishes that you may otherwise not consider. Also, this is an excellent way to support small, local businesses. Finally, don’t be “that person” with the big stain on your shirt or blouse at the post-lunch divisional meeting. Use a NEATsheet and no spills or drips will derail your afternoon.
Catch Up With Friends & Family
We get it. You arrive home from work and you are exhausted. The only things you want to do are have a glass of wine (or whatever your beverage of choice may be), eat dinner, and stream the next episode of your favorite show. So, use lunchtime to FaceTime friends, grandparents, and loved ones. You will be amazed at how much joy this will bring to you and those you connect with.
Plan Your Next Adventure
You are working hard for many reasons, and hopefully one is to have the ability to indulge in a fun adventure, whether it is in your neighborhood or some exotic locale. The quick lunch is a great opportunity to build your “bucket list” of travel and entertainment considerations via Pinterest or Instagram, or to check out inspiring blogs like Jetsetter. Vacation days are meant to be used and time away from the office will make you a more productive and happier co-worker.