Even those who are skilled in soulful leadership will have an overwhelming morning every once in a while, and when your anxiety begins to bring you down, your lunch break is the most important midday tool you have to keep it at bay. Whether you have an hour, or only a few minutes, we at Technalink know that this necessary downtime can be used to clear your mind, refresh your senses, and give you the tools needed to eliminate anxiety for a better rest of the day. From what you eat, to what you do, use your lunch break to benefit you and give your spiritual management style a chance to break through.
First and foremost, we are what we eat, and what we eat on our lunch breaks can either help or harm the anxiety we are currently feeling. For instance, if your quick lunch consists of another cup of coffee and a handful of processed snacks, don’t be surprised if you feel your anxiety increase, rather than decrease, after your lunch break is over. The way our bodies process sugars and caffeine, especially when already anxious, will increase your heart rate, make you jittery, and bog you down rather than give you usable energy.
Rather than opting for something quick and superficially energy inducing, try for something wholesome instead. One quick lunch option that is perfect for filling you up and relieving anxiety symptoms is avocado, which may be eaten alone, with a salad, on a sandwich, or spread on whole wheat toast. Packed with B vitamins, avocado helps the body to relieve your stress naturally while also lowering blood pressure with high contents of potassium and healthy fats. Rather than washing your lunch down with coffee or tea, opt for milk or water instead. Water is the single best drink of choice to rehydrate you, and milk is packed with proteins and B vitamins known to be natural stress relievers.
Using your lunch break to fight your anxiety isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about how you spend your time. While opting for a healthy and wholesome meal or snack is ideal, your soulful leadership will also benefit from using this time to clear your mind and focus inward rather than outward. Instead of sticking your mind to the tasks at hand, use this opportunity to consider what you’ve already accomplished, how your body is feeling, and what you can do to help your body to feel even better. Taking a few moments out of your lunch break to meditate with your meditation stones or mala prayer beads can be particularly helpful.
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