Or is it that on the days when working from home, there are days when either you just don’t feel like eating alone at the table, or actually the pressure is on and you simply have too much to do, and need to carry on working through lunch? So is it a quick sprint to the kitchen, make the lunch, return to desk, and just carry on working whilst munching?
It seems I am not alone in this working al desko scenario. According to Zest magazine a shocking 54% of women don’t stop for lunch at all, working straight through the lunch break.
In an attempt to combat this, Zest has launched the #regainyourlunch campaign, to help women get their lunch break back. But for all you men folk reading this also applies and is totally relevant for you too!
So what would we recommend you put in a working lunch survival kit? What are the top tips for regaining a lunch break when working from home?
1 Make a pact to get away from your desk for a minimum of 10 minutes a day
It has been said that just a short 10 minute break, away from your desk, makes a huge difference to your afternoon and performance levels.
2 Try and escape the (home) office into the fresh air
Even if it’s a quick walk around the block, just to stretch those legs and breathe in the air… and just get that change of scenery… On rainy days you might have to change that plan!
Better still is to sign up to a class once a week, and get it into your timetable. If you’re anything like me, if it’s in your schedule, and clearly marked on the calendar, it’s more likely to get done!
3 Take the time to plan your lunch
If you ensure the food you pack is colourful and you like it, and it’s easy to eat, you’re more likely to munch through it… So take the time to plan your lunches, work out a menu if you can, buy the items in, and prepare the night before. We try and ensure some items are permanently in the cupboard for those nights when you didn’t get to the shop…
No problem if you’re watching your weight, there’s lots of healthy salads that can be taken in to work.
If you need some ideas, we’ve lots of tips and hints over on the Lunchbox World website and recipes too, and if you are new to Lunchbox World, we also have our You Tube channel where you can watch lots of lunch box ideas, as we demonstrate how quick and easy they really are to prepare. We even started up our 365 lunch box ideas section, so there’s lots of inspiration for you!
4 Invest in some lunch kit you love
– check out the lunch bags and bottles available online. The choice is huge now so whatever your budget, there is a lunch box for you. It’s sure to spice up your lunch, if the lunch kit puts a smile on your face… There are salad lunch boxes, and various bento lunch boxes, so if you want a break from bread, take in a salad. These handy salad lunch boxes keep all elements of your salad separate until the moment you’re ready to eat it. And they come with cutlery and a little sauce pot too!
Or maybe your current lunch bag has some funny odours lingering or just looks a bit tired? Or the water bottle has seen better days?
Check out our hints and tips section for some handy ideas on how to give your lunch box or bag a refresh.
5 Oats and almonds make great snacks
Oats are good for slow energy release, so why not pop some oatcakes in your bag for you to snack on. Almonds are great snack food too…
6 Make sure you drink lots of water
For more hydration facts hop over to our Water facts page.
Latest studies suggest we should drink at least 2 litres of water every day to keep hydrated. We need to drink alot more than we think!
7 Enjoy your lunch. If you can, share the time with a friend!
Even if it’s a virtual catch up, schedule a coffee catch up or virtual lunch, it is important to stay connected and schedule in that time for a lunch break!
So what do you think is essential to the Working Lunch Survival Kit?
If you are working from home and looking for some #wfhlunch ideas or working from home lunch ideas, be sure to check the videos we’ve uploaded on the Lunchbox World YouTube channel. Below is the first one in the series, all to help you save time, have fun and enjoy your lunch!
Have fun with your lunch wherever you are!
The Lunchbox World Team x