The Lunch Break energy boost
What’s the quickest way to nail your ‘to do list’? Chain yourself to the desk and not see daylight until it’s done? Sounds silly doesn’t it? Yet 54% of people in the UK are serial working lunchers…
It’s scientifically proven that taking a break (20 minutes) stops you getting bored, helps you retain information and re-evaluate your goals. Our brains are wired to be alert, detecting thousands of changes in the environment around us and aren’t good at concentrating for hours at a time.
Studies have even shown that our minds solve the stickiest problems when we’re in daydream mode - those great ideas you get when washing your hair or cleaning your teeth...
With help from the Neom Wellbeing Board, we’ve created the ultimate lunchtime pit stop to to help you relax, reboot and recharge for the afternoon ahead.
12.00 - Unplug
Put your computer to sleep. “The act of turning it off helps you gain control and take a step back.” Naomi, Neom Life Coach.
In the name of hygiene, you might also want to eat lunch elsewhere. Consumer group Which? did tests at their London office, and found keyboards harbour 5 times more bacteria than toilet seats!
Keyboards harbour 5 times more bacteria than toilet seats
12.05 - Go Outside
Leave the office. A stroll in the park increases blood flow to the brain, boosting creative thought, memory and cognitive performance. “The combination of fresh air and exercise helps you gain clarity for the afternoon ahead.” Naomi, Neom Life Coach.
If you want to lunch like a pro, try hitting the gym. Experts say a 20 minute power workout will increase oxygen around your body, make you more alert, awake and better able to handle your workload.
12.15 - Brain Food
This one’s a no brainer… Your glucose intake helps decide your productivity for the day, so try this - oily fish that’s high in omega 3 improves intellectual function, dark chocolate is a natural stimulant and raw carrot provides slow release natural energy.
12.25 - Refresh & Replenish
Drink a glass of water, you’re often dehydrated without knowing it. This can affect your concentration levels, energy and mood.
12.35 - Stretch
Working at a desk puts strain on the neck and shoulders. Try some shoulder shrugs and circling your elbows (with your hands in front of our chest).
12.45 - Give Your Eyes a Break
Adopt the 20-20-20 rule if you stare at a computer for most of the day. Work for 20 minutes, break for 20 seconds and look at objects that are 20 feet away from you.
Tell us how you spend your perfect lunch break using #NeomWellbeing or leave a comment below.