GET TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS
Go for a walk, visit an art gallery or congregate with friends in the closest green space and watch the clouds roll by. Give your mind and body a break from screens and do something that involves fresh air, sunlight or culture. It can be for as little as 15 minutes – just enough time to give you a break from work and a reminder to appreciate what’s around you. You’ll spend the rest of the day feeling excellent, we promise.
STOP AND REGROUP
Uh oh. Occasionally the morning runs away with itself and a chunk of the to-do list has been left undone. Our advice? Don’t run away, regroup. Sit down in a quiet place with your lunch, preferably not your desk, and make a list. By setting priorities for the rest of the day you will feel 100% more prepared to take it on. Be realistic and stay focused. And remember, Lipton Ice Tea breaks are crucial to the mission.
MINGLE WITH NEW FOLKS
Do you eat lunch with the same handful of team members every day, or grab a sandwich by yourself at your desk? Branch out a bit – why not head to the canteen with some new faces? Turn small talk at the coffee machine into meaningful conversations over lunch and a Lipton Ice Tea. Not only will you expand your professional network, but you’ll probably spark a few new friendships. Send the email. Chat to the person hot desking next to you. You won’t regret it.
TAKE A CAT NAP
Don’t be shy, the company’s chill-out area is there for good reason, so get snoozin’. Research says a 10-20 minute nap can be hugely beneficial to productivity, alertness and cognitive performance. But don’t overdo it – the key here is timing. A five-minute sleep is obviously way too short to make a difference to your mood, while 30 minutes will leave you feeling groggy and out of it. Stay in the 10-20 minute zone, however, and you’ll be rested and ready to rumble.
Stop talking about learning a foreign language and do it. Shake off the midday doldrums by spending 30 minutes of your break on your favourite language app. You could even grab a partner and take on the challenge together. Set yourself up in a quiet spot with lunch and a Lipton Ice Tea, then start conjugating those verbs. You’ll be fluent in no time. Or, look out for free tours of galleries or museums nearby. They’re often just 20 minutes long, so heading back to your desk a sudden expert in Impressionist art or Egyptian mummies is easy.
Does the local charity shop need help restocking shelves? Can you arrange to visit a care home twice a month on your lunch break? What about helping young children with reading? Giving back to your community is a way to feel connected to others. Contact a charitable organisation in your area and see how you can help with the time you have. It doesn’t take much to make a huge difference.