A recent study has found that over two thirds of us do not take a lunch break when at work. The study was conducted by healthcare group Bupa on sample size of 2,000 full-time workers.
We all know the importance of nutrition and keeping hydrated but we do not always find it easy to distract from work in order to eat and drink. Workload should not be an adequate excuse for “skipping meals “and not taking breaks.
It’s a legal requirement to take a 20-minute break when working six hours or more.
It should be a break in working time and should not be taken either at the start, or at the end, of a working day.
We all have to take time out to recharge our batteries. Management should set a good example in creating a company culture to take regular breaks.
24% said they see their boss not taking lunch and feel pressure to do the same.
“An army marches on its stomach, so said Napoleon, and it seems many modern-day leaders would do well to adopt a similar attitude.”
Not taking breaks is likely to have an impact on both physical health and wellbeing.
Not taking a break heightens the risks of underperformance, lower productivity levels and compromises the opportunity to develop social connections.
Click here for information on mindful eating.
Click here to find out about the importance of vitamin D.
Click here for some tips on snacking.
Click here to see the NHS Eatwell Plate portion guidelines.