It can be easy, in the midst of getting caught up in tackling your workload for the week, to forget to take a proper lunch break. But skipping lunch or even just eating lunch at your desk are both unhealthy habits. Here are a few reasons why you should make sure to take a proper lunch break.
Taking a lunch break away from your desk allows you to separate yourself from your to-do list for a few minutes. It may not seem like much, but giving yourself time to fully reset your mind will go a long way towards helping you have a better rest of your day. It may seem productive to take lunch at your desk where you can work and eat at the same time, but you are only slowing yourself down by trying to multitask.
By short-changing your lunch break, you aren’t able to remove yourself from the stress of the day. You will become tired faster and experience burn out, which is extreme exhaustion. Many people who overwork themselves don’t realize how exhausted they are and will keep pressing ahead just to get things done. But it will eventually catch up with you. In the long run, it is better to give yourself a little bit of time to rest each day and get less done than to run into the many health problems that come from exhaustion.
Another problem with eating lunch at your desk is that you are taking less time to stretch your legs. Even though a lunch break is a time to rest, simply walking from your desk to the break room promotes circulation. Sitting in the same exact place for hours on end can lead to back problems and more. So remember, taking a lunch break is a small thing you can do to benefit your health in the workplace.
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