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Why You Should Always Take a Lunch Break

It's something we've all done. We ate at our computers since we needed to catch up on work. Many people who work from home have no coworkers and their home serves as their office. Taking a lunch break, on the other hand, may be the secret to increased productivity.


While it may appear that a working lunch will help you get more done on your to-do list, multitasking, according to Richard Davidson, PhD, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, is actually detrimental to your focus and productivity.


"Rather than paying attention to all of the external things that are constantly pulling at us, simply attending internally and checking in with ourselves can help us conserve our resources while renewing and refreshing our capacity to pay attention," Davidson said.


Yes, you can help by doing specific things during your lunch break. To begin, Davidson suggests checking in with yourself to determine when you are most in need of a break. According to Davidson, asking yourself how you're doing can help you determine how much rest you need. This might then assist you figure out when the optimum moments are for you to take a break.


With your meal, Davidson also recommends a moment of awareness. However, this does not imply that you must engage in a full meditation regimen. For example, he frequently expresses gratitude to individuals who assisted in the preparation of his lunch, such as farmers, delivery drivers, and store employees. You are free to do whatever suits you best.


Finally, take a deep breath and relax. Davidson suggests turning off your phone and taking a few moments to just be while dining. It defeats the purpose of taking a break if you're continually going over your to-do list or fretting about your next meeting.


When you're tempted to skip lunch, block out some time in your schedule for a break. It will help you stay focused and productive throughout the day.

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Richard Davidson University of Wisconsin

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