When was the last time you took an actual lunch break? That's one thing I never do. I pretty much always just eat at my desk and work while eating. If you do that as well, you're part of the 40% of people that only rarely or occasionally take breaks during the workday, according to a 2022 survey. Usually we don't take breaks because we're just so busy and have so much to get done but eating lunch away from your desk is beneficial for both your physical and mental health.
- It can improve digestion: stress negatively affects your digestion so if you don't take that calming break for lunch you may not digest your meal as well which can lead to stomach pain or bloating.
- It could help you avoid the afternoon slump: taking an actual lunch break can help keep energy levels steadier in the later part of the day.
- It can boost productivity: believe it or not spending time away from work can help you get more work done. Harvard Business Review found that North American employees who take daily lunch breaks report greater job satisfaction, productivity and higher engagement with their work.
- It's a chance to get moving: just 15 minutes of walking after eating can stabilize blood sugar. A little movement during the day is way better than sitting at a desk the whole time.
- It could bring down your overall stress levels: staying a your desk does not help with stress but taking a break does. Think of making time for yourself as self-care and the stress-relief you deserve.
You can read more on this from Mind Body Green. I'm currently eating lunch at my desk while writing this blog so I better work on this lunch break thing!