It’s lunchtime! Time to move away from our office desks and take a break, right? Well, even though our bellies are growling for food and our minds need to relax, we’d rather finish our work. This is not healthy, and it can lead to unnecessary stress. It’s time to get our behinds out of our office chairs and take that much-deserved lunch break. Here’s why…
1) Productivity will increase
Sitting in your office chair for 8 hours without a break will negatively impact your productivity. Although you may think you’re getting more work accomplished, in reality, you’re not. You can get even more finished by taking a lunch break away from your desk. This time away allows you to rejuvenate and return back feeling fresh and ready to let those creative juices flow.
2) Relationships will develop
Whether you feel like being social or not, work relationships are extremely important. In order to enhance your overall job satisfaction, you must maintain healthy working relationships and socialize with co-workers. This doesn’t mean you need to be a part of the gossip in the workplace, but grabbing a bite to eat at lunchtime with your colleagues is a great way to build camaraderie in the office.
3) Avoid a mess
Remember that time when you just had to finish a project, but your stomach felt otherwise? So, you decided to eat lunch at your desk and ended up spilling your entire bowl of soup all over your expense reports. Avoid the mess by taking even a 15-minute lunch break away from your desk. Your expense reports will thank you.
4) Your body needs you to move
Research indicates that sitting for extended periods of time is awfully unhealthy. Your body yearns to move. Even if you have to force yourself out of that office chair, you must do it. Go for a brisk 10-minute walk during your lunch break and you will reap the benefits.
5) A much healthier option
People who eat at their desks during lunch often experience distracted eating, which leads to overeating. When your mind is preoccupied while eating, your brain and body do not adequately process the amount of nourishment you consume. The brain is left without a signal to stop eating. Consequently, more unnecessary calories are taken in and your waistline begins to suffer.