EMBRACE THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER WORKING WEEK
Yesterday evening I had an idea for a new regular feature here on the blog and although in future I think it might be best placed on a Friday or at the weekend to give you inspiration and planning time ahead of the new week, I thought I'd start today because there are some really great ideas and events happening over the next few days that I wanted to draw your attention to.
I've talked before about ensuring that you take regular breaks during your working day, and especially making sure that you embrace your lunch break, get away from that desk and get moving for your long term balance and wellbeing both mentally and physically. In the past I, like so many of us, have been guilty of working through lunch and being stuck in my seat for the bulk of the working day. Sometimes through sheer workload and a feeling that I can't take a break. Other times through a lack of inspiration or motivation to go and do something useful with that precious hour that we all have and can all take if we want to do so.
On idly browsing Twitter whilst sat on the train yesterday evening I noticed that Stylist Magazine have been running a campaign for a while now encouraging people to reclaim their lunch break and I strongly agree with the message that they are trying to get across. I've written before about how to take a more mindful lunch break and today I wanted to share some unique ideas for how to spend that precious time away from your desk. Some events that I've stumbled on that seem like such a great idea, not necessarily just exercise based, but cultural, social - anything that gets you out and gives you a moments break from the regular working day.
Now as I'm London based some of these have a predominant London swing, so make sure you leave your own suggestions and links to any similar events in your own area below. Whether they be social get togethers before work, during lunch, or after the 9 to 5 has ended. Let's share events, ideas and social gatherings that can help us all to have a happier and healthier working week.
THREE SMART WAYS TO BALANCE YOUR REAL SELF ALONGSIDE YOUR WORKING WEEK
1. Look Out For Creative Street Art As You Take A Lunchtime Breather:
As Part of their #70Things series to celebrate their 70th year the Arts Council England has been encouraging people to do different creative things each day for 70 days. One of their recent suggestions was to go out and find something artistic and pretty on your nearby street corner. Now depending on where you work or live this may or may not be possible but the streets of London are full of a plethora of really awe inspiring, colourful street art. So why not take a stroll, explore and unleash your inner iPhone photographer as you get some creative snaps of the urban beauty that lives and breathes on the walls of your city. Got some top suggestions for where best to explore? Leave them in the comments below.
Looking for more inspiration? Why not view the full list of the 70 creative suggestions in this series. Some really quirky and fun ideas from creating a sculpture using your own lunch to writing the plot of your favourite film using only emojis!
2. Get Moving And Try Something New:
There are always fun things going on in the city and they don't always have to cost a fortune. Look out for free events near you that you can get involved in before, during or after work that will get you moving and trying out something new. Staying active doesn't always have to involve hammering out the same old routine in the gym. Inspire body and mind with a new activity now and again. For example this week Merchant Square in Paddington, London is hosting a full programme of free activities to encourage people to reclaim their lunch break. From ping pong to paddle board yoga you can check out the details here. So if you're in that particular area get yourself out and get involved. Or take inspiration and search out similar activities near you.
To find out what else is going on event apps such as Y Plan and Eventbrite can be really useful and give you quick and easy access to interesting goings-on in your area as well as an easy way to book your space so that you don't miss out. Have another great way to find out about events or an app you love to use? Share in the comments below - all inspiration always very welcome!
3. Give Your Mind A Break From All Things Work:
As you take that much needed lunchtime stroll maybe you want something to keep you company, inspire you and take your mind off of the working day for a moment or two? Or perhaps a dull and rainy day means you just need a break for the mind and want to find a quiet and dry space in which to do so. Why not download an audio book from somewhere such as Audible to free your mind as you walk. Or get started with that new language you've always wanted to learn - try Babbel or Rosetta Stone for online tuition.
Alternatively catch up on your favourite podcast. There are so many great options out there for all sorts of tastes and interests. To give you inspiration and get you started check out these 22 Podcasts That You Should Be Subscribing To In 2016 via Buzzfeed. A comprehensive collection of some of the best podcasts out there, you'll be sure to find something to entertain you during your well deserved lunch time break.
So I hope some of these suggestions have helped to fire up the creative or more active person within you. Work doesn't have to be all routine and no fun. Grab back those moments of 'you' time and fill them with something worthwhile.
What do you do to balance your working day with the real you? Perhaps something before work gets you fired up and ready for the day, or how do you spend your lunch break and make use of that valuable hour? Let me know and as always thanks for reading everyone and see you again soon.