Healthy lunch breaks!

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We often don’t appreciate that a lot can be achieved in 30 minutes when it comes to our wellbeing! Here’s a few ideas of how you use that precious lunch break wisely and give yourself a wellbeing boost at the same time!⁠

🚶‍♂️Take a stroll – a daily 30 minute walk has been shown to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, asthma and some cancers!⁠

🌳Get away from your desk and out in the fresh air – If you work near any green spaces then try and spend some time there during your lunch break, this will refresh your attention span and help you to focus better all afternoon.⁠

⚓️Ground yourself – Practice favourite mindfulness activity, it could be mindfully eating your lunch, the “notice 5 things” practice or listening to a meditation through an app.⁠

📞Connect with someone you care about – use the time to give a friend or family member a call, the conversation will take your mind off work and help you to stay connected, even when you’re busy.⁠

🍅Eat colourful, plant based foods – Avoid the post lunch carb-coma by ditching processed, stodgy food and instead challenge yourself to try and fit in as much fruit and veg as you can into your lunch. ⁠

🙆‍♂️Stretch – work on your mobility by trying to stretch out the muscles that may have been in the same position for hours on end, it will give you an energy boost and you’ll feel less stiff and achey at the end of the day!⁠

🧘‍♀️Relax – remember that your schedule is incomplete if it does not include relaxation. If you notice yourself being busy and on edge throughout the working day, schedule time in the middle of the day to stop and rest. Try taking a few long, deep breaths to slow your heart rate down a bit or take a book or magazine to read for a while. ⁠

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