Do you ever feel like your lunch break comes and goes without actually giving you a break from your workday? Are you spending your break still glued to your computer? We all know that too much time spent focused on the computer can make us feel stressed and staring at the screen through your lunch break does nothing to alleviate the stress.
You should see your break as an opportunity to recharge your mind and allow yourself to disconnect from the stresses of work for a short period. Check out these helpful ideas for decompressing during your breaks.
Take a Walk Outside
Spending some time outside can refresh your mind and body. Enjoy a quick escape from the office environment and replace the fluorescent light with some sunlight. After being seated for most of the morning, it can be a real energy boost to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
Grab a Book
Feel like your only options for entertainment on your break are social media, online games, or other activities that will keep you glued to the screen? A book can be a great escape from the stresses of the real world. Find somewhere other than your usual workspace to get some peace and quiet and try to squeeze in a chapter or two of your book of choice.
Get Lunch, Get Socializing
Beyond the ability to network and build relationships, getting lunch with your coworkers can be a great way to socialize and enjoy a much-needed escape from the office. Seeing people that you spend your workday with outside of the office environment can also let you learn about common interests. A “no talking about work” rule while on your lunch break can really help everyone to keep the stresses of work at the office.
Put on a pair of headphones and escape into your favorite music. Listening to music can be a great way to blow off steam and let you focus on something other than work. According to the Mayo Clinic, music can provide an important “mental distraction.”
Take Care of Your Non-Work Stuff
You can use your break time to pay your bills, arrange appointments, or even to catch up with friends or family over the phone. Taking care of personal obligations during your lunch breaks can create more valuable free time after work to relax.