The importance of the lunch break to our health and productivity
- Date: Monday 25th September 2017
- PDF: Download
We are all so busy at work juggling different urgent tasks each day that taking time to eat and have a proper break often slips down the list of priorities. Not taking a break and not eating a nutritious meal can impact on our ability to focus and be creative and can impact on our productivity.
Here is why taking a break and eating the right foods is so beneficial:
Having an actual ‘break’ is paramount
Research has found that spending eight hours a day at your desk is detrimental to both mental and physical health. Simply getting up and moving around to a different area can refresh your thoughts and give you a different perspective. Also, consider taking a walk even though there is no reason to leave the office. Such steps will help you with your energy levels and give you renewed focus and help to avoid the afternoon fatigue.
Lunch can encourage collaboration and communication
Dining is a social activity where employees can come together to enjoy their food and talk casually. The canteen or break areas can be a place for innovation and creativity as people discuss ideas in a more relaxed setting.
Eat the right food
Don’t forget your brain needs fuel as malnutrition impacts many brain functions, including information processing and memory. Foods such as nuts and blueberries (rich in antioxidants) and salmon and eggs (which increase the proteins in your brain that protect the brain cells from damage) are all great memory-boosting foods. To help maintain attention and creativity consider keeping well hydrated and eating fibre-packed mixed grains with plenty of vitamin rich vegetables and lean protein such as grilled skinless chicken, turkey or fish.
Source: Gavin Parrott, SSG