How to chill out on your lunch break September 21, 2021

by Hattie Custom Recipes

The lunch break, the time when we all get to switch off and enjoy some free time during work. At times we know it can be hard to tear yourself away from your work especially when you’re into something, but what if we told you that studies show that taking a lunch break allows your mind to rest, recharge and refocus, which can only be a good thing right? With that in mind, here’s some ways that you can relax during that all-important break. 

Take yourself on an adventure
You don’t have to go far (or even leave the office!) to take yourself on an adventure at lunch. Choose a book or a podcast and escape from the working day. Stuck on how to start? We’ve teamed up with Audible to help you get swept away on a delicious adventure. Each customer who receives a HelloFresh Lunch recipe between 30th September and 27th October will get a free 2 month Audible trial. With each delicious lunch only taking 5 minutes to prepare and the choice of 200,000 audiobooks, like Harry Potter(s) by J.K. Rowling, Becoming by Michelle Obama and The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, plus unlimited access to Audible podcasts, you’ll have plenty of time to escape on your lunch break. Simply scan the QR code on your HelloFresh Lunch recipe card to sign up.

Work it off
With crazy mornings and lazy evenings on the cards for many of us, finding a time to work out can be tricky. Our advice? Make it part of your lunchtime routine. Take a trip to the gym or download one of the many home workout apps. Not only will this force you to make time away from your work, but it’s also a great way to clear your mind ready for the afternoon. Looking for a quick lunch that you can rustle up after? Try our Lunch Recipes like a Chicken and Avocado Salad with Croutons and Pumpkin Seeds or delve into a taste of the world with a Vietnamese Bahn-Mi Style Chicken Sandwich.

Walk it out
If you’re not a fan of exercising, it doesn’t mean you can’t get your steps in. A walk is a great way to clear your mind and help you get the fresh air you need for the day. And there’s a range of ways to get out there. Plan your route the night before, picking new parks or local landmarks in your area that you can explore. Or take advantage of your break and walk to the shops for any bits and pieces you need for the day. Pop on an audiobook and relax on the way. It’s what we like to call a ‘quick win’. 

Meet a friend
Still working from home? We know how tempting it can be to sit quietly without any contact. However, meeting up with a friend that lives close by can give you a midday boost. Regularly meeting up with friends to chat can combat stress and improve your happiness levels. Even if you’re not talking about anything work-related. Make the most of a walk or invite them in for a delicious lunch and enjoy an hour of chats, fun and time away from your work. 

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