Everyone always talks about the importance of a morning routine, and numerous books, interviews, and podcasts preach its benefits. CEOs, influencers, entrepreneurs, and more all have big opinions about morning schedules as well. From the benefits of bulletproof coffee, morning meditations, yoga, exercise, goal setting, or practicing gratitude, it’s a lot to fit in before breakfast even starts. The advice on creating your morning routine is overwhelming.
If you have trouble mastering a morning or evening routine, it might be better to focus on other parts of your day that are more flexible. If your day is unpredictable, mornings and evenings don’t have the be the end of any semblance of structure for your entire day. So, what about a lunch break routine?
Why Start. Lunch Break Routine?
A lunch break routine can help you give more structure to your day and set the stage for good habits. It also gives us a chance to pause and reset in the middle of the day. You can use your lunch break to retune your mind and body for the rest of your day. A mid-day break also gives you something to look forward to in the earlier part of the day because you know you’ll get a break.
You might be thinking to yourself that your lunchtime is one of the least flexible parts of your day. However, if you know you have a working lunch at your office or you have a lunch meeting, you can reschedule your reset time to earlier or later in your day. You can also shorten or lengthen your routine so that it adapts to your daily schedule. Even ten minutes sometime in the middle of the day can be beneficial to keeping your mid-day routine. No matter how well you slept the night before or how well your morning went, you can always use your lunch break reset to start anew.
The first thing you should do is decide when you’d like to schedule your routine for days that are more predictable, then decide how long you have to practice your routine. By having an expectation for when and how long your routine lasts, you can ensure that it is an important time of your day that you make room in your schedule for. This time should help you relax and take a break from your daily grind, even if it’s just for a few moments. Be protective of this time. Say ‘no’ to accepting calls and block it out on your calendar to avoid getting scheduled for a meeting.
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Your lunch break routine should aim to focus on three things: Resetting, Refueling, and Refocusing.
Your time to reset should allow you to give your eyes a break if you’re looking at a screen, stretch and move around if you’re constantly in the same seated position, or just relax if you have a more active job. This time should allow your mind and body to rest momentarily. Turn off your phone, avoid screens, and pause any work during this time. If you’re able to, maybe go for a short walk or sit outside if the weather allows. You can consider doing some simple stretches or using this time to meditate.
Because it is lunchtime, part of your routine (unless you’re working around a lunch meeting or need to work through lunch) should focus on refueling your body. Eat a light, but filling meal that is nutritious and will take you through the rest of your day without bogging you down. Drink water, which can also help you feel less sleepy in the afternoon. If you’ve already eaten, you can refuel your mind by continuing to rest or extend your reset time to clear your head even more.
Towards the end of your lunch break routine, you can begin to refocus your mind back to work and the day ahead. You can think about how your morning went, celebrate any victories, or spend time goal setting, Time spent goal setting can be big goals such as buying a house (Crediful has lots of financial resources) or smaller goals like rocking your next meeting. This time should be treated as a new beginning for the rest of your day. Move on from anything stressful or things that don’t serve you.
Let’s stop quickly shoving food into our stomachs without taking a break in the middle of our day. Use your lunch break or mid-day break to create a small routine that will have a big impact on your day.