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Take back your lunch break

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

I'm here to help you take back your lunch break...I'm starting a lunch break REVOLUTION!

Not joking.

When I speak about burnout prevention, I often ask "who takes a regular or consistent lunch break?"

In a recent session of about 40 participants, only 1 person raised their hand.


Let that sink in for a moment.

Here's a couple of reasons why taking breaks in our work day is SO important.

Need to double-down on prioritizing your own lunch break?

Here are 5 practical ways to make sure you are fitting in a break during your day.

1. Schedule, schedule, schedule

Block out a dedicated break time during your day and then STICK with it! This might involve setting some firm boundaries around your time, and saying "no" or "not right now" to requests that try to interfere with that time.

2. Set reminders for yourself

It's easy to get caught up in "just one more thing". Schedule a reminder (or two) and then work on sticking to your break when you get your reminder.

3. Step away from your workspace

I meet a lot of people who work at their desks. It's really hard to take a proper break when work is right in front of you, so make an effort to move away from your desk!

4. Prepare a healthy lunch or snacks in advance

Being prepared makes it easier to take a break. It's definitely extra effort. I recommend planning out your lunch and snacks for the week so that you can have everything you need on hand.

5. Make yourself a priority.

At the end of the day, you are the only one who can prioritize YOU. You have to want to prioritize your own wellness.

Deciding to make time for a break is the first step.

Giving yourself permission to take a break is the second step.


Leader or manager and want tips on how to support your team with taking a lunch break?

This post features 5 ways to encourage others in your workplace to take breaks.


Hi, I'm Alison and welcome to the blog.

I have been a speaker and trainer for 17 years. I offer Mental Health First Aid in Canada and work

with workplaces to improve mental wellbeing and psychological safety and reduce stress and burnout.

Be sure to connect with me on IG @alisonbutlernl or on LinkedIn.

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