I’ve got a 30-minute lunch break, what shall I do?
Pharmacy Professionals we know you don’t do anything valuable with your 30-minute lunch break. You end up just simply working through it because you feel like you must. You’re fully entitled to do whatever you please (within reason) for your 30 minutes.
Scientist for years have studied why having a 30-minute break is vital for your mental health and wellbeing. Studies show that you can focus and ‘get more done’ through simply taking 30 minutes away from your working responsibilities.
Most of time we don’t have a break because we choose not to. This then causes a direct reflection to our employee’s as to how you work. When you do sit down hoping to catch a few minutes breather, they come and ask you for some advice or assistance. Set your precedence from day one and if you haven’t and now you want to start taking some You time during the day sit your colleagues down and let them know of your plans, so that they don’t start looking for you. If you’re a manager make sure you tell your own staff to take a break, this way the whole team becomes more focused and has the ability to ‘get more done’
I’ve compiled together 5 ideas of activities you could do during a 30-minute lunch break. These won’t appeal to everyone, but I’m sure from these ideas you’ll find your own.
1st 30-minute break idea- Get Moving
Cliché I know, but it’s proven that if you do 30 minutes of walking a day it lowers your chances of mental health struggles and increases metabolism and improve your wellbeing in general. An average adult will cover 1.5 to 2 miles in 30 minutes. Think of the impact that could have on your life by doing it daily. It also gives our eyes a second to breath. We know that as Pharmacy Professionals, you’re looking at small print, doctor scribbles and computer screens all day. Allowing your eyes some time to look in the distance is great if you suffer with any type of headache.