Now that a majority of us are working from home, it can be especially hard to separate our home lives from our work lives. When it comes to our lunch breaks especially, since we’re already in our own homes it can be easy to just lay on the couch for an hour until you need to get back up to start responding to emails again. Instead, try one of these activities that can help improve your overall mental and physical state, and keep your mind, body, and spirit happy.
Call A Friend Or Family Member: Being separated from our loved ones has truly been one of the most difficult aspects of this pandemic. Take a few minutes of your break to catch up with a friend or family member who you haven’t talked to in a few weeks. Technology makes it easy for us to connect to one another from our own quarantine bubbles, however, it can be easy to forget to keep communication up when the world seems so bleak. So call your loved ones and receive some much needed positivity.
Visit Your Favorite Tree: This idea comes from author Susan Saunders, who claims that “Seeing a tree combines so many of the habits that contribute to longevity: being outdoors in daylight, vital to keep our circadian clocks ticking accurately; exercise from walking; a chance to savour the moment. And even one lonely tree provides us with a little green space.” So if you don’t have a favorite tree yourself, take a walk around the neighborhood and mark the first one that really resonates with you, and make sure to give it a visit as often as possible.
Move: Moving our bodies is so important especially now that we’re all stuck at home. Getting our blood circulating is not only good for our physical health but mental health as well. It may sound silly, but reminding yourself that you are grounded, moving, and existing in a given environment can make one more appreciative for the things they have. So even if it just means stepping outside and walking around your house a few times, make sure you’re getting up and moving with a purpose every day.
Organize: Take a look at that long list of home projects you’ve been putting off for the entire pandemic and finally get to it! Since we’re discussing things to do during a lunch break, choose a smaller task like organizing a certain junk drawer, closet shelf, or medicine cabinet. Completing a smaller scale project like this will not only stimulate your brain, but give you the satisfied feeling of checking off one of the boxes on your to do list.
Learn A New Skill: Learning a new language or instrument obviously takes time, but doing a little bit of practice every day is how all the professionals get good. So take your hour break to log into Duolingo and practice some Italian, or go into your spare room and work on a few piano scales. Whatever you choose, doing it for a little bit everyday will improve your overall sense of purpose and will keep you motivated to do more.
Meal Preparation: Many individuals have been teaching themselves to cook with all the spare time they now have. Use these newfound cooking skills to create meals that will create leftovers for the rest of the week, this way, you won’t have to be worried about preparing dinner every single night after a long day of working in the living room.
Take A Nap: While the point of this article is to tell you things that will improve your mental and physical health during your lunch break, sometimes the best thing one can do for themselves is take a much needed break and just, nap. If you feel yourself getting constantly overwhelmed with your own personal struggles and the overall state of the world, it’s important to unplug and disengage from everything and everyone for a moment. Take some deep breaths, and ground yourself in where you are. The world may be a scary place, but you’re still here, and you’re still surviving, so keep going!
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.