You always read in magazines and any literature about health and wellness that taking a legitimate lunch break during a busy work day can really benefit your well being. Although I totally buy into this, it’s not really always practical to step away and take some time for yourself in the middle of the workday. I also questioned how much benefit I’d really get from it, and have never really made it a priority.
Well, today I took a legitimate lunch break. The kind you read about in those magazines. The kind that truly refreshes you and sends you back to work with a smile. It happened by accident, but I’m so glad it did.
At my work, we are lucky to get free lunch at a nearby NYC deli. I’ve gone there almost every work day for three years, and yes, it can get old. There also isn’t really anywhere to sit, so I usually just eat at my desk.
So today, I had to take a package to UPS and strolled over there at around noon. Right next door was a Le Pain Quotidien, a healthy, wholesome restaurant chain in NYC that I love. So I decided to treat myself. No free lunch, but a moment to myself.
I ordered the Salmon Tartine (smoked salmon, avocado and chopped dill on their homemade whole grain bread), sat at a cute wooden table, overlooked a busy NYC street and read the Dining section of the NY Times. I didn’t have my work blackberry and I put my phone away. I sat and relaxed and enjoyed my food. I was being a good little Lunch Break student, following directions and all!
On the way back I stopped and got a Vanilla Roobois tea misto from Starbucks. A perfect ending to my afternoon siesta.
The best part? I walked in to work totally refreshed, ready for the afternoon, and I was only gone for 1 hour. I’d call that a Lunch Break success. This won’t be happening every day, but maybe once a week is a good starting point.
Do you take lunch breaks every day?