While working from home, it’s important to still find the time to take a lunch hour. Taking a lunch break is often neglected, with employees settling to eat lunch at their desk. Not only will it help boost your productivity but eating a balanced lunch will fuel your brain for the afternoon ahead.
We’ve popped below some ideas to make sure you’re taking some time out and making the most of your lunch hour.
Get some fresh air
If you’re not going out for your daily exercise in the morning or evening, why not use your lunch hour for this time instead? Getting some fresh air can help clear your mind and help you get refreshed and start your afternoon focused.
Meal prep for the evening
If you want to use your evening to go for a walk or perhaps just want to chill out with Netflix or a game, prepping for your evening meal is a great lunchtime hack. Not only does it save you time, but it means you can eat that little bit earlier too and enjoy more of your evening.
If you have a slow cooker, why not pop all the ingredients and leave your dinner to simmer away while you crack on with the rest of the day? Or if not, pop it on a low heat and leave it to cook slowly – you’ll be able to check up on it throughout the day too.
Baking is a great way to take your mind off work and you can easily whip up a storm in the kitchen in less than an hour. Plus, you’ll have something tasty to accompany your 3pm cuppa!
Why not try our Hilton Garden Inn Head Chef’s banana bread recipe? A favourite that will prove a hit with all the family.
If you’d rather save your walk for the evening or have gone out for a morning stroll, why not do a 25 or 40 minute workout? Choose a HIIT session to get your blood pumping or relax and revive yourself with a yoga session. Exercise is a great way to release endorphins, which trigger positive feelings and relieve stress, so a great workout may just be the right thing to help relieve tension and kick start your afternoon.
Read a book
The perfect way to unwind during your lunch hour is curling up with a good book. Whether you want to immerse yourself in a crime thriller, romantic or non-fiction, reading is a good way to distract your mind and step away from the screen for an hour.
Plus, it keeps your brain sharp and ready for the afternoon ahead.