Motivation Monday

Lunchtime. It’s one of the best times of the day, where you can take some time to indulge in a sweet, sweet Meal Deal, munch on some sushi, or nibble a nectarine to get you pepped up for the afternoon. But eating isn’t the only thing you can do in your lunch break. I’ve come up with 10 ways to spend your lunch break in order to make your afternoon a breeze:

1) Have a mini spa hour!

To feel really refreshed for the afternoon, why not treat yourself to a mini spa experience! Doing this will make you feel pampered and relax you for the upcoming afternoon. Cleanse your face and apply your favourite moisturiser in circular motions on your face – this improves circulation and will make you look and feel more spritely. Apply a rich hand moisturiser and then take 10 minutes to close your eyes and breathe in and out deeply. You’re going to be feeling zen!

2) Go on a Google Map holiday:

So you have to be in a meeting with a client at 1.30pm so you can’t go on an actual holiday, but nothing’s stopping you from going to your dream destination via Google maps! Street view is a beautiful thing – so why not virtually stroll down a cobbled Parisian street? It’s miles better than a stroll down Clapham High Street for a Greggs pasty!

3) Meet the love of your life:

I can’t guarantee that you’ll actually meet the love of your life, but it’s worth a try right? There’s a new trend on the dating scene, and it’s all about super quick dating – quick enough that you can fit it into your lunch break with room for a sandwich! Search for super speed dating online to find a rapid romance near you!

4) Meet some friends for lunch:

Meeting friends from outside of work at lunch time really breaks up the day. It’s really important to allow yourself an actual break from work, so meeting up with a friend will ensure that you really relax and let work go for an hour. Breaking up the day like this also seems to make the day go much faster! I’m not complaining!

5) Gym it up:

Why not use your lunch hour to do something REALLY productive? Going to the gym in your lunch break will not only get your blood pumping, but exercising releases endorphins which can actually make you feel happier. You’ll also feel much more energised for the afternoon, so you can wave goodbye to that 3pm slump!

6) Network:

Networking over lunch is a fantastic and relaxed way to get to know potential clients or customers. Meetings don’t have to be done in a boring, grey board room. Move it to a funky restaurant and you’ve got something to talk about, which will make the meeting more relaxed.

7) Unplug:

You lunch hour is the perfect time to unplug. Leave your phone at the office, leave your desk and go for a wander without technology. Doing this will allow you to properly relax and take a break.

8) Power nap:

Power naps are proven to improve your alertness and enhance creativity. Having a cheeky 20 minute power nap on your lunch break isn’t lazy, it’s good for your health! Just don’t fall asleep on your desk…next to your boss…

9) Go for a stroll:

This has the same benefits of going to the gym, but with less sweat! Going for a walk will get your blood pumping, improving your motivation and concentration in the afternoon.

10) Full body stretch:

There’s no better feeling than a full body stretch and lunch time is the perfect time to do it! Make sure you stretch out all your muscles, from your head to your toes!

Have you found the love of your life in your lunch break? Or do you ever visit The Maldives from your desk? Let me know how you embrace your lunch time!

About Ruby Lowe

Ruby is a Senior Account Executive at Link Humans in London.

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