Working from home? If so, you will occasionally be forgiven for a loss in productivity. While remote functioning comes with many benefits ranging from flexibility to better work-life balance, being in your home environment can be distracting and nostalgic.
If you can relate to this, then it is time for you to tap your lunch time. Many people skip their lunch to face defeat at any time due to flaws in motivation, but by doing so, your productivity is likely to suffer more during the day. Here are some things you can do during lunch time so that you can feel recharged.
Living and working in the same environment every day does not cure creativity. So make good use of your lunch break and get out of the house. If you have a green space, enjoy a walk among the nature. Walking is not very good for your physical health, but being around trees and greenery has been proven to reduce stress and boost your mood. If you haven’t got a park pass, no worries, a simple change of scenery should be done!
Chat with someone you care about
Working from home for long periods of time can feel alienated at times, especially if you live alone or at home alone during the day. Take a break from your screen at lunch time to catch up with a loved one. After connecting with the person you care about, your uplift and more positive top spot is sure to happen. If you live nearby it can be a phone call, a message exchange, or even a walk-on.
Eat something nutritious
It probably goes without saying, but your lunch break is … well … for lunch! You’d be surprised how many people skip one meal to tick another item off their to-do list, but it’s important that you eat to fuel your body and mind. By skipping lunch you are putting yourself at risk of a midday energy slump, which will in no way suit you for work. Also, step away with your kitchen, there is no excuse for not doing some healthy and satisfying whip!
Skip some endorphins
Unless you get an important camera-on meeting after lunch, your lunch break may be the right time to sweat. A recent study by Currys PC World found that 1 in 5 people believe they are less active since the epidemic started, so exercising is important when you can. It is important for your physical health, and also releases mood boosting hormones called endorphins and is proven to improve concentration and increase creativity. YouTube has thousands of free workout videos that are easy to follow at home, including HIIT workouts, yoga, and even dancing, so you are bound to do something that suits you.
This may not sound particularly exciting, but cleaning your home can work wonders to help you reset for the rest of the day. A streamlined atmosphere makes for a clear mind, after all! Not only will you feel more relaxed with less clutter around you, but the task of cleaning can also be meditative. Just let your mind wander as you sweep or pop your favorite album and get lost in the music.
Do not do anything
Sometimes, if you have a busy or stressful start to the day, all you want to do is kick back and relax at lunch time. And this is more than okay! In fact, it is encouraged if you feel that you will get the best benefit. Take some lunch and just take a break to cool off. You are making your computer feel refreshed and more inspired.
All breaks from work are beneficial, but to really get your productivity juices flowing, why not try some of these ideas on the list? You are destined to feel the difference!
Sophie Dearing is a freelance copywriter with interests in health and fitness, business and productivity.
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