We all get a lunch break, but are we lunching well? 35% of Kiwis are not taking any lunch break at all.1

It’s easy to skip your break or eat in front of a screen, but it can affect your health and wellbeing, in the short term and over time. People who don’t take a lunch break report lower levels of personal wellness overall, and rate themselves lower for sleep quality, eating habits, fitness and work/life balance.

A break does wonders for your productivity, creativity and overall wellbeing. Find out why taking a break is so important and get tips for how to recharge.


Lunch Well tips from the experts

More inspiration to maximise your midday me-time


Take a break for greater concentration. All the tasks and decisions we make throughout the day gradually impact our cognitive capacity. Taking a lunch break gives our brains to a chance to recuperate.

Fit in a workout. Exercise has so many benefits, including reducing stress, improving mood and increasing confidence and self-esteem. Even 7 minutes can be enough to feel a difference.


Eat brain-powering foods. Include foods like tuna, salmon, walnuts and almonds that contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health.


Music is a great mood booster and stress reliever. Listening to your favourite tune can help reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and increase levels of dopamine, the feel-good hormone.


Invite your colleague, boss, or friend to join you for lunch. It will help you get away from your desk and the conversation will stimulate your brain in ways the computer screen cannot. It can also help you strengthen your relationships in both your personal and professional lives.


Get walking during meetings. Next time you have a meeting, suggest taking a walk outside while you talk. As well as getting some fresh air, research has shown that walking can lead to an increase in creativity.

  1. Impacts of modern life on wellbeing, Clarity Insight (commissioned by Southern Cross Health Society), Nov 2018