The era of the long lunch could well be over as people now cram as much as possible into their day – but this might not be entirely healthy.
Lunch is a great way to refuel, take a breath and recharge for the afternoon stretch, and by not allowing your mind to recover from the flurry of morning busyness you’ve just encountered, you could be making yourself less effective for the afternoon.
We all know the feeling when simple sentences are taking forever to type, and we keep checking for emails even though we only checked a couple of minutes prior. (And in case you missed my recent blog pushing yourself too far can lead to fatigue and senseless mistakes).
These burnout signs can be kept at bay with a fulfilling lunch break. This of course doesn’t mean an epic business lunch at a fancy restaurant with a fine wine and good company! But it does mean that a short, quick break doing something that is really satisfying and fun for you is important!
Why not dedicate a part of each break to a walk around the block – you’d be amazed what a little fresh air and exercise can do for the brain.
I sometimes get so engrossed in my m.a.d.woman work, that I lose track of my mid-day mealtime. I’ve made it a resolution to make a healthy lunch a habit this year.
Working through lunch may seem like it improves your output, but it can bring you undone at the other end of the day!