6 really good reasons to take a lunch break today
The afternoon slump is a completely natural phenomenon circadian rhythm1 naturally slows you down around the middle of the day. Of course, taking a lunch break won’t change your internal sleep-wake cycle, but Kulp says it can keep energy levels more consistent in the afternoon.
“Taking time in the middle of your busy day to eat a relaxing meal can improve the connection between your gut and your brain,” she says. “During digestion, the gut releases neurotransmitters that communicate with the brain and can affect mood. Having a more leisurely lunch can make you feel happier and more energetic.”
For a long-lasting dose of afternoon relaxation, Kulp recommends a meal that combines fiber-rich carbohydrates with protein. Try a salad with chicken, a sandwich with meat and vegetables or a bean roll.