Give yourself a break

A woman sits and smiles with her coffee

Everyone knows the importance of taking a break. We’re all aware of the positive impact that a short ten-minute break can have on our minds. But nearly half of us aren’t taking a proper lunch break…

New research by Liberty Games found that 41% of Brits are more likely to work through their lunch breaks now they’re working from home. On top of this, 38% are working longer hours and 29% are more stressed working from home.

Not taking proper and regular breaks is unsustainable; everyone will burn out sooner or later. So we’ve come up with a few things you can do on your lunch break to give your mind a proper rest.

  1. Try some exercise – you don’t have to go for a 10k run or a HIIT workout to feel the benefits of movement, unless you want to of course. A low-impact, 30-minute walk or some yoga are just as beneficial for mind, body and soul.
  2. Plan exciting food into your lunch – think of your favourite meal (or meals if you can’t pick just one), how could you incorporate some the yummy ingredients into your lunch? The promise of delicious food should get you away from your desk…
  3. Watch an episode of your favourite TV show – one of the best things about being at home is that you can chill out on the sofa during lunch, really switch off and get lost in TV. 
  4. Try and get outside – we’re reaching that time of the year where it’s dark at 4pm so your lunch break is the perfect time for you to get out and about to get some fresh air and (hopefully) vitamin D!
  5. Take up a new hobby – always wanted to learn how to play guitar? Been thinking about entering Masterchef? Your lunch break is the perfect time for you to master your hobby of choice – 60 minutes of practice, five days a week, could be great for progression!

Essentially, make your lunch a time where you do something for yourself. Think of your lunch break as a self-care hour, whatever that may mean to you.

Click here for the Liberty Games research