Five years ago, when I graduated college, I didn’t imagine that my path would lead me to being a graphic designer and sitting behind a computer for hours at a day. At the time, I was bartending, teaching yoga, studying Ayurveda and nannying on the side. Despite the oddity of it all, I fell for the irregular nature. I loved that no two days were the same and that I constantly got to switch up what I was learning. Then there were the few years that I worked in sports production and no two minutes were the same.
Fast forward to this past year where I’ve been consulting within companies and having to adapt to their 9-5 schedule. I had (still have) a hard time with it. My brain loves new and different, it doesn’t do so well with familiarity. But, it has been a great chance to learn my trade more, save money and get grounded. You know a solid sleep schedule, eating meals at the same time etc. Things that are all pretty aligned with Ayurvedic guidelines. And I have to admit I haven’t been sick as much and my digestion has been better. Ah ha – only took me two paragraphs to sneak digestion into this. But finding ways to switch up the routine has been a necessity.
So I began to change – holy crap excitement so real – my lunch breaks. The best part (still with me?) is I rotate between these depending on my mood/intuition. It gives me a chance to check in with my body and see what it needs. A game changer for getting out of the soul sucking computer energy.
In Ayurveda, it is highly recommend to eat your lunch slowly and mindfully, chewing your food till it’s almost liquid, no distractions etc. And I do this sometimes, but I find for me I can still chew my food while kind of working and I feel more of benefit by taking an hour to do something I enjoy outside of eating. If I could do both my goodness that would be my answer. In fact I would love to spend the day just doing all of these things, but with only a hour, I pick wisely form the list below.
It’s a break for a reason. We need it. It’s a chance to re-adjust and clear the mind. It’s hard to keep stuffing up the head zone without giving it a chance to wash away. Make a choice each day to do something you really enjoy during the hour and notice how the change in routine makes you feel. Also share with me anything you do – as you can tell I’m always looking to shake it up. Happy lunching.