My last job was in Norcross, and we live in Atlanta near Smyrna. That may mean nothing to you non-Georgians. If that’s you, let me show you a diagram:
40 miles there and back
Why am I pointing this out? Well, I used to get to work at 7am and leave at 3pm. No real lunch break. I did this mainly to avoid traffic. When my boss randomly (without notice) decided to make it a rule that we weren’t allowed to come in before 7:30 and we’d have to take at least a 30 minute break, I was pretty upset. That meant I’d be leaving at 4 and most likely sitting in at least an hour of traffic.
Fast-forward to now, and my how things haven changed. I now work 8:30 to 6 with an hour for lunch. And honestly, that hour is a really nice break. Yesterday I just sat out in my car with the windows down, enjoyed the cool breeze, ate my lunch, and read my book. It was a great break, and although it’s hard to come back to work afterward. I really do feel refreshed and ready to “start anew” even in the middle of the day.
I found a new website yesterday called Greatist that has all kinds of health, wellness, and nutrition information. There, I read an article about how important it is to take a break in the middle of the day and change your scenery, get your body moving, and challenge your brain.
Today, I recommend you take a break somewhere, get some fresh air and contemplate your day–what you’ve accomplished and what you have yet to do.