We’re all busy people. How many of us skip our lunch or wolf down a sandwich at our desks? I know I’m guilty of this. A recent Bupa survey revealed that nearly two thirds of people lunch for less than 20 minutes while 28% skip it entirely.
Whether you’re an employee or business owner, taking your lunch break is vital to boosting productivity and reducing stress levels. Here’s some suggestions:
Go out for lunch with colleagues or friends
When I am sitting on my own, I tend to browse my phone, checking social media and then I start checking work emails. Going for lunch gives you a chance to unwind and speak to colleagues or meet up with friends.
At our coworking space in Dublin Street our Community Manager Cara has started organising bi-monthly member lunches – some great places to get an express lunch is The Magnum on Albany Street (10% off for Kingsford Members), Dishoom in St Andrews Square or for something super quick, healthy and cheap try the Tempting Tattie. All have excellent reviews on Tripadvisor.
Go for a Walk
Edinburgh is beautiful. I am still in awe of the historic architecture. Getting out of the office for a breath of fresh air. One amazing place to go for a walk is Dean Village which is like something out of Harry Potter. Princes Street gardens is also a must. Also, if you are a Kingsford Office member you can get access to the private Queen Street Gardens, perfect spot for clearing your mind.
Join a fitness class or a gym
Ok maybe the wrong time of the year to suggest this! Exercise is a great stress reliver. Getting fit also makes you feel more self-confident. Bannatynes in Queen Street and Nuffield Health in the Omni Centre do a range of classes from Yoga to Metafit. If you are a Kingsford customer all of our locations are equipped with showers and with our member perks program you get an amazing 20% off memberships at Pheonix Fitness on Albany Street.
Go to Jenners on Princes Street
Before Harvey Nicks there was Jenners, it has been through a turbulent time recently with the Sports Direct takeover however it’s still our version of Liberty London and well worth going for a browse even if it’s a while to payday. The building, opened in 1838, still retains much of its character.
Visit the museum
The National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, with its awe-inspiring glass atrium and fascinating exhibitions is a fantastic place to get your culture on. It is also Free, but I would suggest making a donation, those giant animal skeletons are not going to polish themselves.