Mental breaks (lunch breaks, in particular) are a catalyst for creativity
Being a human being is hard. You have to worry about work, flossing, and reading books while you try to drive your motorcycle (is that just me?). Sometimes a full stomach, quick walk, and change of scenery can stoke a tepid imagination, or calm a crowded mind.
“We know that creativity and innovation happen when people change their environment, and especially when they expose themselves to a nature-like environment, to a natural environment, so staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking,” said Professor Kimberly Elsbach of UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
Elsbach affirms that workers who take lunch breaks will be more productive. Thus, becoming more valuable employees.
And getting out of the office can have a smorgasbord of positive effects
Studies have shown that exercise -- even if it's a 10- to 20-minute walk, is integral to your mental and physical health. "If you combine a good meal with some exercise, you can really give your body a boost," said Jacqueline.
But don't successful people skip lunch... and just work, work, work?
Elsbach asserts that lunch-skipping is more common for white-collar workers and “... the higher up you are, the more that you’re in a managerial position, the less likely you are to take a break at all.”
Weird... because the kids who skipped lunch in high school usually worked at the movie theater and drove around in a van listening to Radiohead (I should know, it was my van).
This type of burning the candle without a sandwich, though, can lead to some serious burnout. Working strenuous hours can decrease your life by nearly 20% -- which, for most people, is about 15-20 years. Just think: this way, you can eat lunch every day, and live to the age where it’s totally kosher to wear a bathrobe to the supermarket.