Anyone who works in an office knows that lunch breaks are sacred. It’s a special time of the day when you can step away from your computer and eat your messy meatball sandwich in peace. However, many of us are guilty of working through our lunch breaks, shoveling food into our mouths with one hand and typing out emails with the other. And let’s face it – this can get pretty tedious.
But you don’t have to be bored at work. There are plenty of fun things that you can do on your lunch break without even leaving the office.
Pick up a new language
If you’ve ever fancied the idea of learning a new language, why not give it a go during your lunch break? Brush up on your French, get a little conversational in Spanish, try your hand at Japanese – pick a language that’s always appealed to you and go for it! Languages are a great way to boost your brainpower while giving you a new life-skill to practice on your holidays. The Duolingo app is a great free language learning tool that you can start using on your phone right away.
Working fulltime means that relationships with family and friends don’t get as much attention as they deserve. Instead of spending your lunch break alone or in silence, try calling someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and find out how they are. You’ll certainly make their day, and they will probably make yours as well!
Learn a new game
Playing games is an ideal way to spend a lunch break. Not only are they super fun, but they also help to keep your brain in tip-top condition. For the best of both worlds, it doesn’t get any better than poker. Poker is the perfect game to learn on your lunch break as it enhances your mathematical and strategy skills and gives you plenty of time to practice so you can beat your friends at the weekend! There is a wide range of poker apps for mobile devices that allow you to play while you’re on the go so you can always have your favorite game at your fingertips.
Sometimes, work can be a stressful place. Office politics and dramas can make it super hard to relax while you’re at work. Instead of soaking up all the bad vibes, try spending some time meditating instead. Find a quiet spot, put a guided meditation track on your headphones, and breathe your way through the stress. Download a free meditation app like Headspace or Insight Timer to make the most of your meditation time.
Ok, we know we said you wouldn’t have to leave the office but if it’s a beautiful day – why not head outside and catch some sunrays? A little exercise and fresh air will help to clear the mind and prepare you for the second half of the day.
However you choose to spend your lunch break, make sure you enjoy it!