Starting today stressed-out, overworked employees are demanding a break from being chained to their desks like mindless drones for Take Back Your Lunch, which is being organized by The Energy Project. Meetup events will be taking place on Wednesdays in spots around the country throughout the summer.
Tony Scwartz, President of The Energy Project and author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working had this to say on the Huffington Post:
“How crazy is it that we’ve gotten to a point where going out for lunch qualifies as a virtual act of rebellion?
Far too many of us have bought into the belief that the best way to keep up with demand is to be working all the time.
But human beings are not designed to run like computers, at high speeds, continuously, for long periods of time. We’re rhythmic beings, and we operate best when we pulse between spending and intermittently renewing energy.”
Here are some Madame-friendly tips for reclaiming your lunch:
Ditch the energy bar and pack a really delicious, nutritious grown-up lunch. It’s better for your health and state of mind.
Invest in a stylish, insulated bag to tote your lunch in. If you buy the bag, you’ll be more inclined to use it.
If you usually wear heels, stash a pair of cute ballet flats or sandals in your desk so that you are more likely to take a relaxing stroll.
Plan lunch breaks ahead of time and make a conscious effort to avoid scheduling work activities too close to lunch so that you don’t end up in a time-crunch.
If you are close to a park, grab a blanket and a book or your iPod and just chill for a while. Don’t think about all the work you’re not catching up on.
Start a rebellion, try to get a co-worker or friend who works nearby to join you.
Break out of the herd mentality. Just because “everybody here eats at their desk” is no reason for you to follow along like a sheep. Stand up for yourself and defend your right to lunch.
Give yourself permission to ignore your BlackBerry while you’re eating. Technology exists to make your life easier, not more stressful.
Go here for more information on Take Back Your Lunch.