3 Reasons Why You Should Take A Lunch Break

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Have you ever wondered how to effective spend your lunch break? We are very passionate about learning how to improve your day including your lunch break. Lunch break affect your overall productivity, your focus and creativity at work. So we gathered the most interesting research on how we can improve our afternoon productivity by making careful use of that oh-so-important lunch hour. Here are 3 ways to maximize your lunch break:

1. The Right Foods for Brain Function

In this current extremely fast paced and deadline focused working environment, it is essential to take time out and take care of our mind, body and soul. Unfortunately, when it comes to lunch breaks, people often give excuses about not having enough time or being too busy. The key here, however, is not about having TIME is about MAKING time. And the right nutrition plays a key role here. It might be interesting for you to know a study from the World Health Organisation has revealed that adequate nutrition raises productivity on average by 20% – a fact alone that should allow you at least 20 minutes guilt free departure from your desk/office/car/cell to re-fuel.

Here is a great list of brain powering foods, that you can eat, especially for snacking. The WHO particularly emphasizes the following: dark chocolate, nuts, seeds, chocolate, fish, blueberries, raw carrots, whole grains and avocado.

2. Work out—the afternoon is the best time for exercise

Another thing determined by our body clocks is the best time to work out.

Of course, exercise has lots of benefits, including reducing stress, improving mood and increasing confidence and self-esteem. Taking a walk outside is even better! Being exposed to nature, even for just 10 minutes in the day, can improves your mood, sense of well being and can put work, deadlines and responsibilities in perspective.

A 20 minute walk can improve creativity by 10% on average! Studies have shown that a walk in a quiet park is sufficient to refresh our attention spans so we can return to work with renewed focus.

3. Take a nap to improve your memory and focus

We are including napping in this post for an important reason: we’re naturally designed to have a second short sleep in the afternoon.

Our internal body clocks help us to regulate processes like sleeping into a regular cycle. The body clock is a group of cells called the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus, which are made up of specific “body clock” genes. These turn on and off to tell our body when to do certain things, like getting sleepy.

Now if sleeping is not an option, another thing you could do is something creative and unrelated to your work. Building things works fantastically well!

We decided to take these tips and take our lunch break outside together with delicious food and a fun activity. We headed off to the beach with a handful of URBAN eat summer range (and a few top secret coming soon ones too) knowing we’d be well fed and super creative upon our return. We were inspired by our recent post about favourite Beach Art festivals and built our own sand art. Check out out the results:

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It was a very relaxing experience that boosted our productivity for the rest of the day!

So the key takeaway here is to always take a break, indulge in delicious food and bring your creativity to your lunch break!

Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to improve your lunch break! What are your top tips for effective lunch breaks? Let us know in the comments below or you can Tweet or Facebook us!