Besides eating your lunch, what else do you like to do during lunch break? Going back to work right after finishing your meal? Playing games with your co-workers? Or taking a walk around the office to get fresh air?
All of the above activities are great. However, if you want to be more productive and get the best out of your lunch break, Talentvis suggests the following activities.
Activity #1 EAT for the brain
This is a lunch break so of course, the first thing to do is to feed your brain with nutritious foods. Good foods will help you become more productive during the rest of the working day. If possible, your lunch should consist of the following points.
Complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, whole-grain bread, whole-grain pasta, or brown rice.
Protein such as salmon, chicken, tuna, nuts, tofu, beans, turkey, lean beef, or eggs.
Low-fat dairy products such as low-fat milk, reduced-fat cheeses, yoghurt, or soy milk.
Assorted fruits such as oranges, apples, avocados, mangos, blueberries, raisins, or bananas.
Activity #2 NAP for healthy memory
It is human nature that after eating, drowsiness comes in. While it is not good to sleep right after eating, you can take a 5 to 10 minutes gap before taking a nap. Researchers found that napping during the day can significantly boost associated memory, the ability to remember a link between items that are unrelated. At the same time, nap also saves your energy that will help you get to the fresher version of you. This, however, only works for a peaceful and quality nap. To have this, you can practice the following methods.
Find a quiet place where everyone knows but completely silent.
Don’t play your phone before taking a nap.
Put a note where your coworkers can see to help wake you up or you can set an alarm.
Close your eyes with a blindfold to trick your brain into thinking that it is night time.
Then sleep and ignore every activity outside.
Activity #3 Spend time with good people or old-friends
If you are a social person, spending time with good people can be a great energy booster. You can ask your old-friends to meet up to have lunch outside. You can also go grab your lunch and eat it in the office garden with your co-workers. This will not only elevate your social life but also help you breathe fresher oxygen that is good for the brain.
Activity #4 Engage activities that will give you energy
Everyone has a different interest in activities. You just need to find yours and get a buddy to accompany you (if you want) to do the fun activity together. For example, you can simply take a walk outside, visit the gym or meditate for some minutes, go out to play billiards, or go to your reading club. In short, any activity that engages your interest and mood.
Activity #5 Make or do plans for the future
If you are not the kind of person who likes to do a simple activity and really care about your future, this option is the best for you. You can make plans for your future career or life. List everything that you will need to do in the next month or two weeks. Or, you can arrange your retirement early today. Well, it is good to prepare early than late.
You can do something that benefits your future and of course, fun for you. For instance, if you like investing, you can check your investment and calculate it. If you plan to have your own business, you can start doing your business gig every lunch break. If you want to get a promotion, start learning more about your company and improve your skills or expertise. There is a lot to do even in just 15 minutes because time is the best investment you can ever have.
All in all, you should do activities that get you away from working your 9-5 jobs to do what you love. Try to stay away from your computer to do your job. You only have 1-hour lunch break, but 1 hour is enough to do all the things you want to do with great attention and happy mood.