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  1. Penny! I love this thought about how me problems are also us problems. That’s such a kind and gentle way to bring people into a discussion about work. Thanks for the reminder about how great my government job is. While I do eat while answering emails it’s because I go for a run during my actual unpaid lunch break each day.

  2. Katrina Campbell

    I love to read my current fiction book while I eat so at least I have a break from my screen and I’m doing something I love. It may only be for 15-20 minutes, but it really helps my mind have a break and then I feel refreshed.
    When I worked for government and had an hour paid lunch I would still usually read or take a walk and listen to a podcast.

  3. SarahN

    You know where I think we, overworkers, fall down? It’s the people/relationships that fall if we don’t … return those calls, grade those papers, reply to that email. It’s not that the work isn’t important, it’s that even if it’s relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of the universe, we just don’t wanna let people down – whether they’re students or parents or clients. Agh!

  4. When I was working in the office, “lunch breaks” were actually a huge joke. I was always afraid and thinking about what I had to complete by the time I got back to my desk. I used to have 15 minute lunch hours then it was back to work I go.

    Work from home has been so great. I fully take lunch hours, maybe even two depending on how much work I have. Sweet!

  5. Ooooof. My WFH day lunches involve scarfing good then walking the dogs. My lunch breaks on in-office days are usually quite leisurely in comparison. I’m buying lunch most of those days – a treat given how things are at the moment – and usually lunching with someone else. I very much sympathise though with the workload issue. I don’t know what the solution is.

  6. Yes, taking an actual lunch break as a teacher is nearly impossible. It’s sad for all the reasons you’ve mentioned and it really limits the potential benefits of relationships between colleagues as well. If you can’t even take a real break to eat with a few coworkers, how are you supposed to build trust and camaraderie that are so important to getting through the work day?

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