Easy ways to put those sixty precious minutes to better use
There are plenty of undiscovered gems on your doorstep which can transform the 9 to 5 grind – a new place to eat maybe or somewhere to relax and watch the world go by for a little while. Download WalkIt.com’s easy to follow app if you prefer a well-trodden route, or simply get out there and explore. Fresh air and a little exercise will increase productivity back at your desk too.
Top London university UCL screen bite-sized lunchtime lectures twice a week so you can challenge your brain in a different way. Topics are rather quirky - from neanderthal history to snail art. Free podcasts are great for on the go learning. Master a language, brush up on your general knowledge or find some inspiration simply by using your Smart Phone.
Facebook is fantastic for staying connected, but good friendships need more than a quick 'like' now and again. Schedule in a twenty minute phone call catch-up once a week with one of your friends at lunch time. It gives you both an excuse to get out of the office. Laughter's also an easy way to combat stress.
Indulging in a little early afternoon me-time will reinvigorate your mind and body. Lots of salons offer speedy treatments, like a facial, massage or pedicure, at a snip between 11am and 3pm. The perfect purse-friendly mid-week pick-me-up.
Lunchtimes are so much more than shop-bought sandwiches and the post office queue. Volunteering with a local charity for just an hour a week will help you see the bigger picture. Do-it.org links wannabe volunteers with UK-based charities in need of an extra pair of hands. Search by postcode to find out what your local community needs.