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Research has found that only a third of UK workers take a lunch break and for those of us that do, it usually involves a quick sandwich at our desk while scrolling through social media or catching up with the latest news headlines.
Ensuring you have proper respite from work during the day can offer numerous benefits to your physical and mental health. Lunch breaks allow your mind to rest, recharge and refocus, which can directly improve your productivity for the rest of the day. Not taking a lunch break can leave you feeling more tired and stressed, less focused and can also reduce your ability to be creative.
Getting outdoors and connecting with nature makes us happier and healthier all round and is a great way to make the most of your lunchbreak. We’ve put together four ways to connect with nature during a busy work day:
Go for a walk
Walking in the fresh air, whatever the time of year, is a great way to relax and recharge and also keep fit and healthy. The average person is advised to take 10,000 steps per day and you’d be surprised how many steps you take when out walking for half an hour!
We all know that exercise is good for us, but sometimes the motivation is hard to come by. Exercising with colleagues is a great way of ensuring you get out of the office at lunchtime but also have fun. Group runs or bootcamps in a nearby green space are a great way of connecting with nature – not to mention increasing team bonds and hitting goals together!
Leave the phone indoors
Spending all day glued to our phones or computers is not always beneficial to our health and wellbeing. Why not make an effort to get outside every day at lunchtime and trial a no-phone policy by leaving your phone in the office? In the warmer months sitting in an outdoor green space with a good book is a great way to unwind and take a proper break - you could even brave it in the winter months if you wrap up warm!
If you’re really pushed for time and struggle to take a full lunch break, why not suggest taking a walking meeting to tick off your to-do list while enjoying the great outdoors and its associated benefits? Instead of sitting in a boardroom, take a walk outside and get the ideas flowing in the fresh air instead!
Meetings in the forest
Bored of the boardroom? Nestled in a 400-acre forest setting, Center Parcs is a truly unique venue.