I’m super excited to share that I finally finalized and booked my vacation plans for May. I originally wanted to head to Disney World, but figured towards the end of the year would be better and hopefully less crowded. So instead, we decided to visit…. Puerto Rico!!
I am so crazy excited and can not wait. In case you didn’t know, I’m half Vietnamese and half Puerto Rican and after visiting Vietnam twice last year, I knew I also wanted to embrace my Puerto Rican side and visit. From what I heard, San Juan is pretty much up and running after recovering from the devastating hurricane last year and they actually want to promote tourism to help build up their economy. So not only do I get a tropical vacation and a chance to get in touch with my Puerto Rican culture, but also put my money to good use to help the island rebuild.
I’m going with my mom and Eddie, who has been to Puerto Rico many times before, but he hasn’t really stayed in San Juan for longer than a day. We are all in full vacation mode and in the mood to shop! I also haven’t really found any amazing posts on San Juan, Puerto Rico or videos so I’m planning to really explore and hopefully share my experience!
The weather currently isn’t great and it’s been quite chilly, but I’m pretty confident that Spring is quickly approaching.
A few weeks ago when the weather in New York reached the 70s, Eddie and I had lunch in Central Park. It was so nice to step away from the office and take some time for myself, enjoy the weather and have lunch in peace. And last week Eddie and I met again to have a dumpling & bubble tea date.
I’ve always been the kind of person who has been chained to my desk, especially for lunch. Lunch wasn’t a real thing in my everyday career. I would bring lunch, heat it up and then let it get cold as I continued to run around and work. When I was interning, I made a point not to take a real lunch since no one else in my office did and I wanted to get hired. When I then moved onto editorial, I barely had time for bathroom breaks nonetheless taking lunch. But, lately I’ve been enjoying my lunch dates with Eddie and it’s got me rethinking my stance on lunch breaks so today I’m offering up some constructive criticism of how we go through our work day.
GET OUT TO ENJOY THE WEATHER
Okay, so it’s not always nice and sunny outside, but with spring upon us and the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time for us to get out. We all need a breath of fresh air in our work day.
I’m not always close to a window at work so I forget that it’s sunny outside. When I look up, I feel like it’s already 6pm and pitch black out so it’s nice to get out and enjoy the sun, if only for a moment. So take your lunch outside to a local park or seating area or instead of getting a drink from the vending machine, make a point to step outside and grab it from a local store.
WE ALL NEED A BREAK
We don’t need to be chained to our desk. My director once said that this is our job and we should give it our all, but it’s not our life and it shouldn’t be our life. And she’s right.
If you work out for two hours, do you really work out for two hours straight? No, you take a break here and there. If you plan a road trip, do you keep driving all the way there? No, you probably stop for a bathroom break or to get snacks. And your work life should be the same way.
You shouldn’t be working 8 hours straight, you should take a step back and give yourself a break. I’m obviously promoting that you start taking your full one hour lunch, but I get it, sometimes you’re busy and can’t, but at least make sure you’re taking your bathroom breaks or walk around the office for a minute just to refresh. Don’t be chained to your desk all day!
IT WILL HELP YOU STAY POSITIVE & FINISH THE DAY OFF STRONG
I can’t tell you how happy my lunch dates with Eddie make me. I come into work excited knowing that my lunch time will consist of the best dumplings, bubble tea and good company.
But, more than that, I walk back into the office feeling refreshed and positive and it helps me finish off my day strong. It helps to clear my mind so I can go back to what I’m doing with fresh eyes and I get through my to-do list a whole lot better. And the stresses of the day don’t seem so bothersome anymore.
I know personally when it’s super busy, I just think about all the things I have to do and I start getting overwhelmed and making small mistakes and it takes me longer than I thought to finish my work. And sometimes I’m so busy that I forget to eat lunch so when 3pm rolls around, I’m starving, but still have no time to eat. It’s a vicious cycle and frankly it never feels like you have time to grab lunch, which is why you have to set your own boundaries and standards and just take a lunch. No one is gonna tell you to take lunch or make time for you so you need to do it for yourself.
IT’S BETTER FOR YOU DIET/WORK OUT PLANS
I feel like everyone is always on a diet or everyone is racing off to a work out class after work.
I also feel like when people skip lunch or didn’t really get a chance to eat, they think it’s a good thing. Like oh I’m watching my calories anyway. Wrong! When you skip lunch, you’ll end up snacking all day long. You should have just had that salad at lunch because now you’re hitting up the vending machine or eating all the chips and candy you can find in your drawer.
And you’ll be hungry when your work out class rolls around so you won’t have as much energy to put into it. And on top of that, when you get home today, you’ll be eating everything but the kitchen sink because you skipped lunch. It’s such a negative trickle down effect that has no pros to it so just take the lunch break!!
I hope you guys enjoyed today’s constructive criticism post and I hope you start taking your lunch breaks because you deserve to take time for yourself during a busy work day.
Thank you so much for reading and have a great week!