We’re guilty of it. Our friends and co-workers are guilty of it. It seems these days, it’s more common than ever to pop out to pick up a lunch and then plop right back down at your computer and continue to work as though “lunch break” were a mere whisper of fantasy. No more! Today we’re getting behind a trending #ReclaimYourLunchBreak movement, and to help fuel your inspiration, we’re rounding up some ideas that are worth your time and then some. Read on!

 

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Go outside and breathe that fresh air! No matter the weather, a lap around the block or a short sit on a nearby bench is a healthy and invigorating way to spend your lunch break. If you’re within walking distance of a park (lucky you!), pack your lunch as a picnic and bring a book. You’ll never feel as #blessed, promise.

 

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Head out to lunch with co-workers or meet a friend who works nearby. Call a pal and catch up over the course of your hour outside the office.

 

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The cardinal rule of reclaiming your lunch break is actually taking a lunch break! Dining out can feel stressful, what with that hour hand always looming, but if you test-run a few go-to spots with speedy service, you’ll be able to drop in and out easily. If you prefer to take your lunch alone, bring a book or new magazine and catch up on some reading!

 

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Visit a store you’ve passed by a few times but never gone into, try a new juice bar, or take a new route when heading out to pick up your lunch. If you can’t escape the office for lunch, try a new lunch spot! You may just learn or discover something on your little ol’ lunch break, and that’s time very well spent in our books.

 

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Plenty of exercise classes run south of a full hour, so why not use the time to get your heart rate up?

 

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If you absolutely must work through your lunch, at least shake it up by listening to a new music release or a podcast you love. If you take your working lunch to do some of your lighter work (replying to emails, taking stock of your to-do list), you’ll be surprised by how much quality peripheral listening you’re able to get in!

 

Do you plan to #ReclaimYourLunchBreak? Tell us in the comments!

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