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Optimise Your Lunch Hour During Lockdown With These Simple Tips

One of the ways to make a change in your life is to use your time wisely. COVID-19 has rendered the world house-bound and with most of us working from home, we’ve implemented different ways to work and live. Although we are on lockdown, some of our working hours may have changed slightly. We can’t ignore the fact that we may be eating more than usual too. This article is about helping you optimise your lunch hour – yes, you should be taking only one. Here’s how you can make the most of your lunch break while working from home.

1/ Start preparing dinner at lunch

Women’s Health Deputy Editor Wanita Nicol says starting a pot of food – a stew or soup or a roast in the oven is one way to make the most of your lunch break. “It can just cook away for the afternoon while you’re working and in the evening you’ll have a delicious meal that will give you leftovers for days instead of just a quick weeknight dinner,” she says. 

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2/ A quick workout session

Still wearing your smartwatch and aiming for 10 000 steps a day? It sounds absurd, but I am! Why not squeeze in a workout during your lunch break? Women’s Health Managing Editor Amy Hopkins says there are loads of great 20- or 30-minute home workouts out there. Perfect time to smash one in to keep energy high! Check out the home workouts on Women’s Health’s YouTube Channel.

3/ Practice mindfulness

Have you been taking part in Women’s Health’s 21 Day Challenge? Practicing mindfulness is good for creating a positive mood and outlook, as well as self-discipline. The WH Mindfulness Manual – perfect for journalling and moments of solace – is available at Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Shoprite and Checkers stores, so pop it in your trolley when you stock up on essentials.

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4/ Ditch the gadgets

If there’s anything COVID-19 and lockdown have taught us it’s that we’re a tech-savvy nation. Our phones are constantly in our hands and our eyes are glued to screens. Use your lunch hour to step away from your all gadgets and just unplug. Take deep breaths in, and out, before heading back into the grind.

5/ Get through a few chapters from your latest read

Why not read a few chapters of that book you’ve been putting on hold because you didn’t have time? Seeing as we can’t do much travelling, let your mind be transported to a different country or place through the pages of an interesting book. Sounds like a solid plan.

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6/ Sort out your cupboard

Cleaning and decluttering are seriously popular lockdown activities! If you have items of clothing you no longer need, perhaps now is a good time to put them aside for someone in need. (Great for freeing up space for all the winter shopping you’ll be indulging in once lockdown is over. Wink.)

7/ Do a free online training course

Some prefer to use lockdown as a way to slow down and recuperate, while others are using this time to advance their skills. If you’re up for the challenge (and trust us, there are plenty of those going around), why not hop online and do a free online training course? Check out Udemy, Class Central, edX and Coursera

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8/ Hang up a load of washing

We’re using our lunch hour to save time! Women’s Health Deputy Editor Wanita Nicol says doing a load a day during the week will save you having to do all the washing come the weekend.

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