A Better Lunch Break – Tips for Enjoying Your Lunch Outside

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I just got back from an awesome work trip where I took over 50 participants camping on Santa Catalina Island. It reminded me of my teenage years of being a camp counselor, I had so much fun! Obviously the days when I’m outside for work are always the best, I feel so good after being outside all day. Sadly, most days I don’t get that great opportunity to connect with nature while at work.  Most of the time I’m at my desk in a crowded office with zero natural light. Unfortunately it’s too easy to get wrapped up in projects and email, and rush through lunch, only taking 15 minutes in the break room or worse yet, in front of my computer.

There is so much research showing just how good it is for us to get up, move around, breath some fresh air and be in natural light. Not only is it physically healthy for our bodies but it also wakes us up and energizes us in a way coffee and tea cannot. Anyone else deal with the 2pm slump? Getting outside will help boost your energy, and make you more focused. Just what you need to get through those afternoon tasks!

The weather in San Diego is beautiful right now, it’s a shame to miss out on all the wonderful sunshine. Well, no longer am I going to be stuck at my desk trying to get one more email sent out. No longer am I going to “try” to get out each day during the work week (which in the past always means once or twice a week). I’m starting a Get Outside During the Work Day Challenge!

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I started this challenge for myself last week and I got outside 4 out of the 5 work days, a new personal best. Since this is something I’ve struggled with for a long time I figured maybe you might be as well. I’m assuming I’m not the only one here that gets carried away with computer time…Anyone?

Work life gets busy and stressful. We can end up feeling that while we are at work we need to be working the entire time. Not true! I’m here to remind you, and myself, to take your breaks and use them as a way to refuel. Reading those few emails or reviewing some document can wait 30 minutes while you enjoy your lunch outside.  If you get outside, breath in fresh air and move your body a bit, you will be more awake and alert therefore being more productive at work . Bonus, this will totally have a positive effect on your mood.

Here are some tips that will help you be successful in the Get Outside During the Work Day Challenge.

  • Take a full 30 minute lunch! What’s crazy about this is so many of us (me included) get a 30 minute lunch and don’t take it…crazy. This is stopping now.
  • Bring a magazine and enjoy some non-screen time. Flip through and read it purely for pleasure. One of my favorite magazines is Sunset.
  • Eat without distractions. Put down the phone! To get the most out of your break time you need to not just replace work emails with personal emails. Take a look around and take time to enjoy the food you’re eating.
  • Is there a book you have been wanting to read but you never seem to find the time at home for it? Is your nightstand stacked high with books like mine? Bring one of those books to work and leave it at your desk, read it during your lunch break. Even just 10 minutes a day and you’ll be surprised at how fast you can get through it.
  • Bring head phones and go for a walk. Listen to some music, an audiobook or podcast.
  • The sun is out, protect your beautiful self. Make sure you have SPF on or pack a hat if need be. I’ve been loving this all natural face moisturizer this past month.

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The point of all of these is that they should be enjoyable, something you will look forward to, something that will help you stay committed to getting outside each day. A BIG piece of living an eco-lifestyle is getting outside and enjoying this gorgeous planet of ours. I’m a strong believer that the more we enjoy the outdoors the more we will want to take action to protect it.

Let me know if you’re going to give it a try. Tag me on Facebook or Instagram if you take any photos while you’re out enjoying your lunch break, I’ll be sure to share photos as well. :) Here’s to not being stuck inside all day!

Simply Alyson Peace & Love

 

 

 

 

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