Lunching at your desk is something most of us are guilty of but is it a bad habit? In the long term, can it lead to poor health affects on our bodies? What about if I want to go on Facebook at work – does that count as my lunch break?
Working a full day in the office means legally you should stop and take a one hour break. However, nearly four million Aussies don’t do this because they are too busy and instead eat their lunch at their desk, according to research from think tank The Australian Institute.
“Busy” has become that go-to word for most of us, it’s our answer when people ask how we are doing and what we’ve been up to. We take our smart phones with us and work on the move, we are constantly doing things on the many different screens and we are always in contact with others. I imagine for a lot of people, their lunch break is used for tasks they can’t get to in the weekends – doctors appointments, picking up a prescription or their dry cleaning. But is that how we should be using our “break” time?
The Australian Institute research also found that the majority of people acknowledged that taking a break, even a short one to clear their head, makes them more productive. One in four said taking a full lunch break makes work less stressful and one in three said breaks make work more enjoyable.
I tend to work through my lunch break – but this isn’t just because my PR job is really busy, it’s also because I like to be efficient and to get everything done during my work day. I like to be able to go home at night and take my break then, giving myself time to relax in the comfort of my own home. However, there are days when my brain feels like moosh (yes that’s a technical term) and I need to get outside for a walk and some fresh air.
Though you might like to check your social media at work, which you save for your lunch break, it does seem really important to step away from your desk and give yourself that time to de-stress. Also to give yourself a break from screen-time for your eyes.
Perhaps we should all put on our New Year Resolutions list to take lunch breaks in 2015!
The next issue with lunch breaks is of course the essential part – food. Aside from dinner leftovers, here are some ideas for healthy packed lunches to help you reduce your costs, as buying lunch everyday can get so expensive! You can click the following links for the recipes on some other people’s sites:
- Rice paper rolls – Desired Cooking
- Mexican bean salad – Healthy Stories
- Pea and haloumi salad – Dancing Through Sundays
- Chicken caesar wrap – The Baker Upstairs
- Penne pasta with asparagus – Orgasmic Chef
- Couscous salad – Rachel Cooks
- Mango pasta salad – Made From Pinterest
For more lunch ideas, check out my Pinterest board with links to lots more great recipes.
Do you take a lunch break at work?! Please let me know in the comments below!