Thursday, September 29, 2011

Make the Most of Your Lunch Hour

Your lunch hour is designed not only to refuel your body, but refuel your mind. Having a half an hour to an hour break from deadlines, work projects, and even co-workers is a great way to help you relax and recharge for the rest of the day. Here are some tips on making the most of your lunch break at work:

1. If the weather is nice, enjoy it! Bring some sneakers to work and go for a walk to clear your head or simply eat lunch outside. The Vitamin D from the sun will give you a boost to power through the afternoon, no matter what kind of day you're having.

2. Check your mood. If you're feeling overwhelmed and grouchy, step outside or go for a drive. Don't force yourself to eat cheerfully in the kitchen with your co-workers if you fear you might snap. If you're feeling social, by all means grab some co-workers to eat with you.

3. Also if you're feeling social or need a boost, meet with a friend! If you have a friend that works close by, make a date for lunch.

4. Take a drive and get to know the neighborhood. This is especially helpful for post grads who are just starting a job in a new area. Scope out the best places for after work drinks or places for a fun lunchtime break.

5. If you're feeling overwhelmed with work and just can't relax, dive back in! Eat lunch at your desk and catch up on your responsibilities. You just may feel better at the end of the day when your work is all done.

6. If you have the time and live close enough, go home to recharge. Being home for even a half an hour can relax you and give you the boost to finish the day. This also allows you to save money by eating at home if you didn't have time to pack a lunch.

What are your tips for making the most out of your lunch break?

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