7 Mindful Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Lunch Break

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Time is precious and fleeting. And we have far too little of it. This couldn’t be more true, especially for people who work long hours. For many of us, our precious time is spent laboring at our jobs or careers; immersed in whatever task is on our plate of to do’s. Before we know it, we’re scarfing down lunch at our desks before we’re back at it again. Even if you absolutely love your job, far too many of us don’t spend nearly enough time investing in ourselves and our mental health.

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A trend sweeping across the nation is that of workers forgoing their lunch breaks altogether. According to the Washington Post, “this trend is fueled by the notion that the most dedicated, effective workers are constantly available and on-task, and that taking a lunch break is counterproductive. Fewer than 20 percent of American workers regularly step away for a midday meal, and 39 percent usually eat at their desks, according to a survey done by Right Management. Research shows that there are tremendous performance advantages to stepping away from your computer, and even more pluses if you can get outside.”

Ok, so maybe eating at our desks is something that we will probably continue to do. Bad habits die hard, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still take your break and use that time to do something great for yourself. Maybe it’s time to take back your time, even if it’s just one hour midday!

So go ahead and eat at your desk, because we have much better ideas for ways to spend your precious time! Here are a few ways to make your hour a relaxing and mindful one, just for YOU!