If, like me, you work in an office in town, you probably long for the lunch break to get out of the stuffy atmosphere inside and breathe in some fresh air. Except of course sometimes it is raining, sometimes it is really cold, sometimes you have had a horrible morning and just want to go shopping. If, like me, you have been finding a little too much shopping is going on, then it is time to think of other things to do in the longed for break, apart from, of course, eat.
1 Do some exercise
This could be a walk, and if you are lucky like me to have somewhere nice to go, like the Wellington waterfront, it helps. It has been crisp, dry and cold this week, so fine for a lunch time walk. Others might prefer yoga or Pilates, some go to the gym or go swimming outdoors (summer time only). I have been to a few lunchtime Xtend Barre classes, but find quite often I book a session only to have to cancel because of a meeting.
2 Go to an exhibition
This is a great thing to do on a cold or wet day. Looking at art or artefacts in a museum takes your mind away from the computer and work life. This week I went to the The New Zealand Portrait Gallery, and saw the current exhibition of pop-art style portraits by Wayne Yule. The faces belong to New Zealand art-world personalities include musicians, poets, writers and visual artists. Here are three I liked.
3 Go to a cafe
If you always eat a lunch of leftovers like I do, pop to a local cafe instead one day. I haven’t done that for ages, but really should as it is also a really good way to switch off. You only need grab a toasted sandwich if you like. Take a book and really forget that report sitting waiting to be finished.
4 Find a park bench…
…to sit on and eat your lunch, read, contemplate, listen to a podcast…
5 Do errands
Go to the bank, go to the post office, stop putting off those little chores. Phone the vet, take or pick up dry cleaning…..and feel good that you have accomplished things from your to do list.
6 If all else fails…
…just go shopping. But just for birthday presents or essentials…and what you regard as essential is really for you to decide 🙂
PS – the avocado and tomato on toast was actually a lunch I had at home one time, but there is no reason why you couldn’t have that for lunch at any time.
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