Sunday, December 1, 2019

5 Tips to Recharge on Your Lunch Break




Want lifestyle tips to help you use your lunch break to reduce stress, create peace of mind, and renew enthusiasm? Good news. Each activity can easily be completed in a half hour or less.

Even though you may have had a hectic morning, these self-care and time management tips can help recharge your batteries and promote a greater sense of well-being.

5 Tips to Recharge on Your Lunch Break


1. Journal for clarity

To stay on course with daily or weekly personal or career goals, take a few moments to jot down ideas, thoughts, and feelings about the day so far. 

Journal writing helps you acknowledge where you're at, note progress, and point to areas where you still need work.

Journal writing is a spiritual practice as well. It can help you find more self-compassion and gratitude for blessings in your life. 

Unsure about how to start? Reserve time on a break to journal in Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss. 



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Journal owners say writing in Colors of Joy enables them to express their cares, prioritize time, and learn more about their inner thoughts and feelings in a safe, private place. 

This is what one journal owner wrote:


The cover of Colors of Joy promises an uplifted feeling of freedom and stress reduction. And author Nancy Andres delivers on the promise with affirmations, tools, and exercises that can fill your world with vibrant colors and positive energy! Colors of Joy is a handy book to take with you to read during break times or just keep at your bedside and take a look each morning to match your mood with a color. This is a fun read while you get ready and set to have a wonderful colorful day!




Read more reviews here.


Once you've tried this, proceed to tip 2


2. Detach from electronic devices.





You may be one of the millions of people who suffer from "text neck." Down time is a good time to see ideas to help relieve aches caused by electronic devices. 

A study from the American Psychological Association shows people who are constant checkers of cell phones, email, and social media have considerably higher stress levels than those who take breaks to unplug. Be good to yourself and just do it.



3. Move outdoors and glory in nature.





Give yourself permission to put your career or personal cares and concerns on the shelf for a few minutes. Get outdoors to absorb the feel good vibes of a natural setting and sunlight. 

Many studies indicate being in nature can help reduce the following:  stress, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), inflammation, and improve short term memory


4. Eat Lunch Mindfully.





How to stay on track? Read Key Reasons to Eat Mindfully with Tips to Succeed. 

Practice being fully conscious and present while eating. Mindful eating helps you make better food choices, digest your food fully, and slow down enough to know and enjoy what you're eating.

5. Stand, Stretch, and Move.





Do you sit at a computer or desk for a long stretch of time? It's key to good health to shake out the kinks in mind and body by exercising. A Mayo Clinic post written by Edward R. Laskowski MD describes why The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound.   

I have recently begun to set my watch to ring at 20 minute intervals, while I am working. When the bell rings, I remember it's time to walk around, hydrate, or do a few yoga poses or qigong exercises.

What self-care practices help you reduce stress and which physical or spiritual activities do you include in your busiest day? How have you managed that? Please share. 

What things do you still need to work on to allow yourself time to recharge during your lunch break? 

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I appreciate your visit and wish you a joyful, productive day! 



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18 comments:

  1. Hi Nancy,
    Great tips. I love the idea of using the bell as a timer to take a break. Spending time in and around nature and eating healthy is also a wonderful tips that everyone should be doing for both physical and mental health. We all live in such a stressful world we need to find ways to reduce it whether it is through color, exercise, or utilizing our time properly.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Marla. Glad this post reasonates with you. Yes, finding ways to reduce negative stress is an important key to good health. Sending hugs to you.

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  2. Hi Nan,
    I needed to hear your tips as I have I just taken on the new role of babysitting my toddler granddaughter. In the past I would skip lunch and skip my daily walks in an effort to be more productive. As a result I was less productive and felt exhausted a lot of the time. Being mindful of what I'm doing in the moment, and giving myself permission to take a refreshing break, has given me more energy and vitality.

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    1. That is what I've found to be true as well. As you wrote..."Being mindful of what I'm doing in the moment, and giving myself permission to take a refreshing break, has given me more energy and vitality" Thanks Beth for your comment. Hugs to you.

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  3. Good tips but it is oh so hard to detach from electronic devices as my iPhone is with me 24/7. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 7. Shared.

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    1. Thanks Dee for the visit and comment.Also, thanks for hosting such a fun blog party! Love #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 7.

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  4. I like the stretch move one. I must admit I tend to use my lunch break to catch up on FB and email...bad habbit! #MLSTL

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    1. Thanks Lydia for the visit and comment. Why not try a few stretches before getting on the internet for the day? Every little bit counts. Have a lovely day and nice to be with you at #MLSTL

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  5. I usually go for a walk at lunchtime and then sit and have my soup. Although it's getting a tad hot at home at the moment (Australia) so I'm swimming for half an hour instead. The point is getting away from my desk. #MLSTL

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    1. Thanks Jo for the visit and comment. I think swimming is a wonderful way to stretch and work out. It can be so relaxing as well. Nice to meet you at #MLSTL. Have a beautiful day.

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  6. Ooh, much needed reminders here and I posted to my Facebook page. Thanks for some great tips and ideas!

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    1. Thanks Theresa for the visit, comment, and share. Wishing you a beautiful day and happy holiday season.

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  7. Great tips Nancy - I used to only have a 30min lunch break - but it was enough to eat some lunch, check my SM for a quick scroll, move around a bit, and generally get away from my desk - all good things when you don't get the opportunity to move much for 8+ hours.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I've shared on my SM :)

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    1. Thanks Leanne for the visit and hosting #MLSTL. Wishing you a beautiful day and happy holiday season.

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  8. Hi Nancy, these are all great tips. I have the advantage of working from home and creating my own breaks and lunch times, but that can also work against me when I don't take care of myself and work too long. I've been concentrating on those 'move around' breaks indoors, as it's too cold outside for my daily walks. Shared on SM #MLSTL

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    1. Know what you mean about working at home and creating your own breaks and lunch times. Yes, mindful living comes into play in everything we do, doesn't it? Wishing you a beautiful day and happy holiday season.

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  9. Nancy,
    Such simple suggestions can make a huge difference in the way one feels! And what a great idea to take advantage of the lunch break to recharge! Self care is so important.

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    1. Agree with you Judee. Have a lovely day and wonderful holiday season.

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