When you’re working from home, your normal routine can go out of the window. But the one thing we should all stick to? Taking a lunch break. It’ll refocus and refresh the mind, and give you a well-earned rest from your screen. Here are our tips on making the most out of it.
1. Make a meal
One of the biggest benefits of working from home is that it’s easier to prepare a healthy lunch. Fancy some spiced apple pancakes? We thought so. Head over to our Instagram, where vegan chef Jason Tjon Affo tells us how to create the perfect fluffy stack. “They’re easy to make and are one of the best vegan comfort foods in the morning,” he says. Stay tuned for more IGTV recipes on our feed.
2. Stay connected
Connecting with friends and family is the best way to prevent feelings of isolation. And your lunch break is the perfect window of time for a few minutes of (digital) socialising. So schedule a Zoom or Skype call, grab a cup of coffee and get comfy. Our top tip? Set up against a neutral wall. Choosing a spot with a simple backdrop is the least distracting. Need some more inspo when it comes to designing a stylish video call setup? Read this.
3. Switch off
After some socialising, it’s time to take a moment for yourself. And that means having a well-earned screen break. It’s a good idea to switch off all your devices so you can focus on max relaxation without being tempted to scroll. What you do next is up to you, but comfort is key. Create a warm glow with thoughtfully placed mood lighting, and snuggle up to touchy-feely throws on the sofa. Read more on how to do a digital detox here.
4. Invite the outside in
The simplest way to relax when the clock strikes noon: surround yourself with the green stuff. Take a break in your outdoor space, and choose functional, multi-purpose furniture like a planter bench. And if you’re not able to get out, invite the outside in. Open a window and stock up on air-filtering plants to help you chill out. And when it comes to homing your leafy friends, pick planters in rounded shapes and natural textures like seagrass to complete your botanical haven. The great indoors awaits.
5. Get moving
It’s always important to be in touch with your body to avoid any aches and pains – and it’s even more key when you’re working from home. Your lunch break is the perfect time to do some stretches or even join an online gym class. Then, before you start working again, check your WFH setup. Have you got a chair that supports your back? Is your desk at the correct height? If yes, then you’re good to go.