The term lunch hour
is cruelly misleading, since hardly anybody gets a full 60 minutes anymore.
But if you take just a half-hour during the day and spend it on yourself with one of these ideas, you'll feel like you actually got in some you-time for once ... in less time than it takes to buy a latte.
1. Loosen up.
Get a 15-minute massage at a nearby nail salon.
2. Tone up in your seat.
Watch a "desk yoga" or 15-minute-abs video online that won't require a shower afterward.
3. Head outside.
Try a new street food, hit the park and people-watch. If there's no expanse of green near you, churches often have serene garden spaces open to the public.
4. Check out some art
... even if it's artwork in a coffee shop or an office building. Banks, in particular, often purchase or commission interesting pieces by local artists.
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5. Go on a date.
Really! Whether it's a guy you met through an online dating service
, or in the dry-cleaning line, there's way less pressure at a midday coffee meet-up. And, if he's a dud, you're only there for fifteen minutes anyway. Who knows ... maybe you'll even fall in love!
6. Listen to a book on tape.
You can also start a book club with co-workers where you discuss a new one every few weeks in your break room.
7. Hand-write "thinking of you" postcards
to friends you'd normally talk to via Facebook or e-mail.
8. Have a potluck
with your co-workers featuring a new theme or type of ethnic food each week.
9. Be a foodie.
Head into a wine, cheese or chocolate shop, and ask the salesperson what's new and exciting.
10. Take the stairs.
You can burn about 120 calories in 10 minutes without getting sweaty.
11. Find a new favorite show.
Why wait for next week to see "Nurse Jackie
?" AOL Video
, networks, iTunes
post pilots of series starting next season online. Or, catch up on the shows you missed this spring.
12. Take a nap
. It was a good idea in preschool and it still is -- even if you just close your eyes for fifteen minutes.Tell Us:
How do you make the most of your lunch break?