It’s now December, the air is crisp outside and at lunch break, it feels almost impossible to want to leave the heated office. In the summer it was a completely different story and I get it. The sun is energising and charming and you cannot wait to leave the sweaty, smelly and hot office. Take in a breath of fresh air and simply enjoy the green grass.
Now that the weather is just not quite the same the simple task of going outside feels daunting and like a serious mission. Although, it doesn’t have to be a spy mission. We all know that sitting at your desk for 8 hours straight is just not good. It’s harmful to your posture, health and wellbeing.
The clock strikes and it’s 1PM. The morning was a struggle. Trying to keep awake at the same time as juggling meetings and an endless to-do list. You think, Do I keep working? Do I stop? Is there time to stop?
If there’s something I have learnt after working in a super stressful environment and now in its polar opposite, is that there is always time for lunch. By that, I don’t mean quickly slurping your soup in the kitchen or swallowing your salad without chewing at your desk. I mean leisurely enjoying your lunch. So here are five things you can do in the cold weather at lunchtime if you fancy a proper lunch break.
1. Go to your local Christmas market
I am lucky enough to work in the city centre. Therefore, I am able to quickly walk to our local Christmas market to enjoy the fairy lights, get some German food and even get a few ornaments and presents. If you are not that close to a Christmas market, enjoy a wander to the shops and make a head start on your Christmas shopping!
2. Go to an art gallery
This is another one that I’m so lucky to be able to do. If you do work in a city centre or town centre you’ll probably have a few museums and art galleries nearby. I love going in and checking the new exhibitions. It’s a great break to be in a quiet space enjoying the artworks on the walls. It will not only inspire you but will give you the much needed relaxed space to be ready for the afternoon.
3. Go get a hot chocolate
Sometimes the simplest things are the best things to do. I love just wondering in the nearby parks with a coconut hot chocolate from Costa. If you don’t fancy wandering around in the cold you can always just take a break in your favourite coffee shop and cosy up to a book.
During winter my skin tends to get dry and dehydrated. I don’t drink as much water, instead, I drink a lot more coffee – which is not good for your skin. So why not spend your lunch break having a quick beauty treatment. Going for a facial or a massage will not only be good for your skin but it will get you ready for the second half of the day.
5. Go for Pizza
I love pizza, and lunchtime pizza is even better! In Southampton, there are loads of pubs that serve homemade pizzas. But if this isn’t an option just pop to your local pub and have a hot, greasy meal with your colleagues and friends. It is honestly one of the best ways to spend your lunch break – especially if it is raining outside.