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Summer tips - love your lunchbreak

When I was asked recently (via a campaign from Barclaycard) to share a personal recommendation relating to summer, I knew instantly what I wanted to write about.  Over the last couple of weeks, two of my friends at work and I have been making efforts to 'love our lunchbreak' - that is, getting out and getting some good old fresh air and sunshine (as well as having a natter and an occasional ice lolly!)

I read recently that over 60% of adults admit to eating their lunch at their desk at least once a week, and well over a quarter to taking less than the legal 20 minute break.  I am definitely guilty of eating my lunch at my desk on a fairly regular occasion, whilst continuing to do work.  But I always feel better when I've made the effort to leave my desk and eat my lunch elsewhere. I feel even better still if I go for a walk or leave the site where I work - it feels like I've given myself a proper opportunity to switch off and relax, and I feel more refreshed when I get back to my desk.

And really, I have no excuse.  Far from the huge grey tower blocks that used to surround my workplace in Southampton city centre, I now work within spitting distance of the beach.  And a really beautiful one too - it has cliff tops with amazing views, a nature reserve, pastel painted beach huts and a lovely little beach café - I really am blessed to work where I do.

This week, the plan du jour has been - bring flip flops, sunglasses and a packed lunch.  1pm is beach time, and the three of us having been plonking ourselves down on the beach, tucking into our sandwiches and having a good gossip.  Kate and Emma even went for a paddle on Monday (I forgot my flip-flops and couldn't be bothered to take my mega strappy Clarks sandals off - fail!)

Here are a few photos from Tuesday's lunchbreak...


We've also decided that (maybe not in this heat), we're going to set up a running club and go for runs either at lunchtimes or after work.  It made me realise how many fun things there are that you can do on your lunchbreak, especially in the summer when the weather's as glorious as it has been lately.  You could pack a picnic in a cool bag and go to a nearby field/park/grassy knoll and enjoy it with a few workmates - you could even take it in turns to pack the picnic so you're not always the sandwich maker!  Even if you usually take solo lunchbreaks it's good just to get outside - read a book, go for a walk, take a notebook and write some lists, go exploring, etc.  (Go get an ice lolly!)


So, my recommendation for summer is to use your 30 minutes, or hour, or however long, wisely.  Most of us only get two full days a week to enjoy the beautiful weather so we should seize these other moments to get outside and enjoy it.  Not only is it good to have that break from being tethered to your desk (or whatever form your 'office' takes!) it's good for your health to get your heart beating and go out and get active.  The energetic amongst you could even go for a short gym session, a swim or just do a few squats or a Nike Training Club workout.  (Sounds a bit too much like hard work to me, I'll take a Twister instead...)

I'd love to hear some ideas from you as to how you 'love your lunchbreaks' - what are you recommendations for making the most of them?


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17 comments

  1. This is such a lovely post Rosie, and such a wonderful idea too! Your beach photos are gorgeous! xxx


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  2. Great post! I get a 30 minute dinner and always sit out the back of my work. It's a dirty mess but a sun trap I just put on my sunnies and read Company mag and pretend I'm on Venice Beach.

    Jodie x
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  3. I'm definitely guilty of staying cooped up inside when eating lunch at work, though if I had beach close by I'm sure this would change! Great post Rosie, if the weather stays lovely I'll definitely unchain myself from the desk at lunch next week :) x

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  4. Brilliant post, Rosie! How lovely that you have a beautiful beach so close to work :)
    I work from home and I'm definitely guilty of just wolfing down a bowl of soup as I work. I've been trying to set myself lunch breaks in the garden away from my phone and computer recently though, and as I'm moving soon I'll definitely be trying to squeeze in a lunchtime stroll along the river. It always feels so nice to get away from your desk for a while.

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  5. A great post, Rosie!! You're very lucky to have the beach nearby, how lovely! I always make sure I get some fresh air, because otherwise I get headaches and that horrible greasy skin feeling you get from sitting inside in front of a computer screen all day. I think the beach would be lovely even in winter - so long as it's not chucking it down you can blow the cobwebs out of your hair and clothes and make your skin and lungs feel clean!

    My only trouble would be making myself go back to work then..!

    Flora
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  6. Such a lovely idea, definitely guilty of spending lunchtime at my desk - usually because we're so busy all the time! - but Summer does seem to make people want to spend more time actually enjoying the sunshine. Just wish our office was near a beach too ;) xoxo

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  7. Oh my god, it's a Twister! I want one NOW.

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  8. I want to eat the ice-cream.

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  9. I set up a little lunchtime running club a few weeks back. We go running every Tuesday for half an hour or so, have a quick shower and lunch and back to work. I love it as it stops the inevitable 3pm post-lunch slump (especially in the heat!) and means you get in some exercise without interrupting your evening. Perfect! x

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  10. I would love to use my breaks more effectively. Do you know what I do, read other people's blogs, like right now. I must be a blogaholic to be missing the sun! I do think it's important to get away from my desk to make the afternoon more productive, I just need to put it into practice!

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  11. looks awesome http://differentcands.blogspot.kr/

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  12. I am truly hopeless at remembering to even have a lunchbreak, let alone get outside on it. The only time I leave the office is if I have errands to run at lunchtime and I'm not very often organised enough to remember to pack a lunch to bring with me.

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  13. I love this!! I can't bear spending all day sitting at my desk- I would rather sit in my car on my lunchbreak than eat at my desk. I don't understand why someone wouldn't take the time!! If it's sunny though, I'm outside- even in February in a coat and gloves. This sunshine is blissful, even if it does make going back in after a lunchbreak more difficult!! xx

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  14. I would love to do this but unfortunately I usually only end up having 15 minute lunch breaks!

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  15. now that is a lunch break
    lovely blog hun

    xx

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  16. Ooh I'm jealous - I only get half an hour and work next to an industrial estate so there's nowhere exciting I can get to and back while fitting in food too. Have at least been eating outside and soaking up the sun though, so it's not all bad!

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