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Three easy ways to unwind during your lunch hour

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The majority of us work for around 40 hours a week. While that may be the norm, it’s still an awfully long time to spend in an office, especially when you have a high-pressure job. Sometimes, the stress starts to mount, and when it does, it can be really hard to switch off.

That’s why it’s important to make the most of your lunch hour. Although it may seem like it’s too little time to achieve anything important, it’s a perfect opportunity to unwind, and can help to split the day into two more manageable halves. So how can you optimise that 60-minute slot? Here are three suggestions you might find useful.

Meditate

Meditation can seem slightly new age and ‘out there’ to those who haven’t done it before, but it’s actually a tried and tested way to relax your body and soothe your mind. Its medicinal benefits have been proven over and over again, and it works particularly well when you pair it with muscle relaxation techniques. If you’re not sure where to start, there are dozens of different videos available on YouTube, which you can easily access during your lunch hour. These tend to range from around five minutes to half an hour or more, so you can always find something that fits into your schedule without too much trouble. All you’ll need to succeed is a quiet spot to focus and clothing that allows you to move relatively freely. Not only will these low-key workouts soothe your mind, but they’re also a great way to loosen up any muscles that are tense from being behind a desk all day, which will help you to feel instantly better.

Play a game

If meditation isn’t up your street, there are plenty of other ways to relax and unwind. Games have been proven to help people switch off, by distracting their minds and giving them something else to focus on besides the stresses and strains of a high-pressure job. Not only this, but they can also improve your performance at work, by enhancing both memory formation and cognitive skills. This is true of everything from board games, which you can get your co-workers involved in, through to single-player games like solitaire or online slots. The latter can be a good option for those looking to inject some extra excitement into their working week, and providers like Zodiac Casino, part of the Rewards Group of brands, have plenty of choice available for those who are interested in trying some internet gaming.

Step outside

A lot of us spend our lunch hours chained to our desks, with a sandwich in one hand and our mouse in the other. But rather than trying to get ahead for the day, you might be better opting for something rather different: leaving the office and going outside. Not only will the fresh air help to stimulate your mind, but a physical change of location enables your psyche to more effectively switch off than staying in the same place where you work. In addition, walking and moving around releases endorphins – or happy hormones – into your body, giving you an instant mood lift that ought to endure for the remainder of the day.

Although it’s great that you want to work hard and succeed, it’s also important to remember that you’re allowed to relax and prioritise self-care too, especially during your free time. That’s why we want you to make the most of your lunch hour, to gain a much-needed boost and give yourself some downtime even in the middle of the day. Give it a try and we guarantee that you’ll feel so much better for it!

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