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Skipping Lunch Is Bad for You and Worse for Business

Did you skip lunch last week—either by gobbling down something at your desk or forgoing food altogether? The odds are good that you did.

A 2012 workplace survey by Right Management found just one in five employees take actual lunch breaks. That’s a problem because both the lunch and the break are good for you.

Skipping lunch is bad for your mind, bad for your body, and bad for your workplace productivity.

Can’t Leave Their Desks

The good news is that most workers do eat something in the middle of the day. According to the Right Management survey, in addition to the one fifth of North Americans who take a lunch break, another two-fifths eat some food at their desks.

The bad news is that almost 40 percent of workers and managers eat some kind of lunch “only from time to time” or “seldom, if ever.”

Michael Haid, a vice president for the management firm, called this “yet another warning sign of the relentless stress experienced by workers.”

If we’re being honest, it’s worse than that.

The decline of the lunch hour is a sign of poor leadership. Organizational policies and team culture pressure workers and leaders alike to embrace busywork and distraction—and hurt their own long-term productivity in the process.

The Lunch Hour Dividend

A lunch hour is good because we need food if we are going to be energetic and sharp. Plus, we need a change of scenery if we are going to be creative. We might treat it like an interruption standing in our way, but there are at least two key reasons lunch is critical for peak performance throughout the day:

  1. Energy. We need fuel in the tank. Otherwise, our bodies and brains will punish us with distractions. Not only will we experience hunger pangs and thoughts of food, but we’ll also experience drowsiness, fuzziness, and fatigue.So it’s good to make sure that we eat something healthy in the middle of the day. It’s also beneficial if we get away to do that, which takes me to the second reason.
  2. Creativity. Taking lunch to your desk might seem like a good idea, but it’s actually detrimental. “Creativity and innovation happen when people change their environment, and especially when they expose themselves to nature-like environments,” Kimberly Elsbach, an expert in workplace psychology at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

    She argues that “staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to the creative process. It’s also detrimental to doing the rumination that’s needed for ideas to percolate and gestate and allow a person to arrive at an ‘aha!’ moment.”

Miss this and you’re missing out on what I call the Lunch Hour Dividend. You’re sacrificing breakthrough moments that could take your organizations to the next level for the unbroken monotony of calls and meetings and emails. That’s a bad trade.

Lunch by Example

Leaders have to be intentional about turning this around. Let it be known that you want people to take their lunch breaks and set the example. Your team will eventually follow.

Here’s my challenge to you if you regularly skip your lunch break. Today, get away from your desk. Eat something with friends or colleagues or on a bench outside. Then go for a walk in a field or a park.

It will help you get clarity about the first half of your day and give you energy and insight to maximize the rest.

~ Courtesy of M.H.

9 to 5 Yoga Poses ~ Work Wellness Part 2

It is the middle of the week: between Monday and Tuesday’s work load headaches to Thursday and Friday’s happy hour relief breaks, WHAT CAN YOU DO? OhMyGosh it’s yoga time again! Who says you can’t have a break at work and enjoy a wellness experience of a lifetime. Check out the second part of our 9 to 5 Yoga Poses~Work Wellness blog and begin a start towards a better you not only physically but mentally through the following poses for your eyes, back, feet and ankles (Women’s Health Magazine). To have even more OMG fun, get some of your colleagues involved and start a OMG Yoga day~this will definitely make your workplace a more inviting environment. Let’s go!

 OMG MOMENT (Feet & Ankles): High heels throw off your entire skeletal system because your foundation doesn’t have the solid connection with the ground leading to aches, cramps and even blisters.

Yoga Position #3: Sitting at your desk with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart, lengthen up through the crown of your head and let your shoulders gently drop away from your ears. Bring your hands together on your lap, interlacing your fingers. As you take a deep breath in, reach your arms out in front of you and press your palms away. As you exhale, raise your arms overhead and try to straighten your elbows as much as you can without scrunching your shoulders. If your shoulders rise up, keep your elbows slightly bent. Hold this pose for 10 complete breaths and lower your arms on the last exhale. Repeat twice more.

OMG MOMENT (Eyes): Hours staring and squinting at a computer monitor according to recent studies may fatigue the optic nerve, which transmits to the brain. This could lead to headaches, red eyes and even slight dizziness.

Yoga Position #4: Turn away from your computer so your eyes are focused on a completely different object. Sit up in your chair with your chin parallel to the floor. Now, without moving any other part of your body, look up to 12 o’clock, over to 3 o’clock, down to 6 o’clock, over to 9 o’clock, and up to 12 again. Do that five times in each direction.

OMG MOMENT (Back): Sitting at your desk, discs in your back bear triple the amount of pressure than when you are walking. This can cause spinal fluid to squeeze out and this fluid is a manitory luburicant for your spine flexiablity. This causes your disc to become unstable and rub against each other which result in extreme pain. Brittle spine increases this injury because there is less fluid to act as  a shock absorber; so bending and lifting your 5lb purse or briefcase could cause serious damage in just one day.

Yoga Position #5:Turn away from your computer so your eyes are focused on a completely different object. Sit up in your chair with your chin parallel to the floor. Now, without moving any other part of your body, look up to 12 o’clock, over to 3 o’clock, down to 6 o’clock, over to 9 o’clock, and up to 12 again. Do that five times in each direction.

Hope you enjoy these awesome yoga positions and keep up your OMG Status at work!  Remember our motive is:

 (Natural + Knowledge) x (Dedication + Application) = OMG healthy lifestyle

Ms.OMG

9 to 5 Yoga Poses ~ Work Wellness Part 1

With the economy the way it is your desk job may be the best part of your day but not on your body. From back pain to neck stiffness, sitting in one position for too long definitely has a huge effect on your blood and oxygen circulation. Before you step into that medicine cabinet of pain killers try some of these awesome yoga poses (courtesy of Women’s Health Magazine) on the job and watch how a simple wellness approach can fix a lifetime of aches and pains. This blog will be split up into two parts to allow you to give each part of your body the attention it needs to end your week off with a OMG BANG! Part 1 of this blog will focus on wrists & hands along with your neck & shoulders.

~OMG MOMENT: (Wrists & Hands) Typing is a major issue for all us now whether it’s on the phone, computer or just looking at new apps on your iPad. We hold our hands in a repetitive position, so our blood circulation becomes poor; muscles become stiff.

~Yoga Position#1:  Sitting at your desk with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart, lengthen up through the crown of your head and let your shoulders gently drop away from your ears. Bring your hands together on your lap, interlacing your fingers. As you take a deep breath in, reach your arms out in front of you and press your palms away. As you exhale, raise your arms overhead and try to straighten your elbows as much as you can without scrunching your shoulders. If your shoulders rise up, keep your elbows slightly bent. Hold this pose for 10 complete breaths and lower your arms on the last exhale. Repeat twice more.

~OMG MOMENT: (Neck & Shoulders) After the first couple of hours at your desk it is almost impossible to maintain a healthy posture. Your head rotates and shifts in all directions during work; eventually causes stress on your neck muscles.

~Yoga Position #2: Stand with feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on the corners of your lower back with your fingers pointing toward the floor. Rotate your shoulders up, back, and down, bringing your elbows close together without pressing your hips, shoulders, or head forward. Take a deep inhale. Now, root your feet firmly into the floor as you lift up through crown of head and bend back very slightly. Press your elbows closer, lifting up through your heart. Hold for five deep breaths.

Hope these awesome Yoga tips jumpstart your midday slump and create an office haven of meditation towards a healthier employee. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s yoga positions focusing on your high heel or dress shoe burdens, your computer eye strain issues and last but not least your back unbearable pains. Have a great OMGtastic and get ready to boost your OMG Status!!

Ms. OMG

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