It can be tempting to just eat lunch at your desk, especially if you're behind on work or you actually like your job. But there are a few reasons you should think about stepping away and eating somewhere else more often.

  1. It helps you concentrate. Exposing yourself to too much of the same type of stimulus, like a computer screen, makes your brain get used to what it's seeing. Any kind of break helps you not to overlook important details.
  2. It protects your eyesight. Staring at a screen too long makes you blink less and can dry your eyes out. Staring at something that close to you all day can cause eye strain too.
  3. It might help you sleep better. One study found that even just a 15-minute break helps, because your eyes need time away from the blue light your computer screen gives off.
  4. It can help you slim down. A study found people who eat at their desk have an average waistline that's more than one inch bigger than people who aren't chained to their desk all day.
  5. It improves your mood. A study found people who take lunch breaks have a 30% lower risk of depression. Partly because you're more likely to go outside and get a little sunlight.

Read more at Daily Mail.

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