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How to make the most of your lunch break

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 on 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. Not taking a lunch break can leave you feeling more tired and stressed, and can also reduce your ability to be creative.

Getting outdoors and connecting with nature makes us happier and healthier and is a great way to make the most of your lunch break, so why not try the below:

Go for a walk

Walking in the fresh air, whatever time of year, is a great way to relax and recharge and also keep fit. The average person is advised to take 10,000 steps per day and you'd be surprised how many steps you take when walking for half an hour!

Try group exercise

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 at lunchtime and trial a no-phone policy? In the warmer months sitting in an outdoor green space with a good book is a great way to unwind - you could even brave it in the winter months if you wrap up warm!

Take meetings outside

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? Instead of sitting in a boardroom, take a walk outside and get the ideas flowing in the fresh air!

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