Unless your office strictly enforces lunch breaks, you might have fallen into the unfortunate habit of skipping yours in order to squeeze in a little extra work. Or maybe you quickly scarf down a yogurt in the dimly lit break room to save time. And you aren’t alone! Only one in 5 offices reports taking a lunch break. But taking time to step away from your desk to eat and recharge is hugely important for your productivity.
Employees who take a break during the work day have more energy more motivation to return to work and are better able to concentrate. Those who take breaks also have fewer symptoms of common workplace maladies such as headaches, eyestrain and lower back pain.
Stretch Your Legs
If the idea of spending a whole hour eating lunch sounds like a waste of time, eat quickly then get moving! Physical activity can improve concentration, sharpen memory, quicken learning, prolong mental stamina, enhance creativity and reduce stress.
Step Away From The Screen
While you may be tempted to scroll through social media on your phone, try to break away from screens at lunch. Too much time spent staring at a screen can leave your eyes dry, irritated, tired and out of focus. You may also suffer from head, neck and back pain. These are symptoms of digital eye strain, which nearly 95% of Americans are at risk for and more than 60% experience.