Work can be stressful and takes a lot of our time but there are ways of making the most of your lunch break so that you feel more relaxed, invigorated or inspired.
Here are our top six suggestions:
Learn a new skill or language
Have you always wanted to learn a language, an instrument, to sing? Well why not use your lunch break to do a course. There are many companies that offer special classes over the lunch period to appeal to busy city workers. If you commit to twice a week, you will be able to Parlez-vous français in time for your holidays in the South of France!
Try The Language Class to learn a language or L’atelier des Chefs to not only have lunch but learn to cook it as well in their Cook, Eat Run classes. Morley College in Lambeth runs Singing at Lunchtime Vocal Classes for those musically inclined.
Catch up on your reading
As the sun comes out is a perfect time to take your lunch alfresco with the company of a good book. Not only do you catch up on the long list of fiction that is on your wish list, but it is also relaxing leaving you refreshed for the afternoon. A few of our favourites at the moment include The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, Swimming Home by Deborah Levy and The Innocents by Francesca Segal
Get an express treatment
Whether it is a facial, a neck and shoulder massage, spray tan, getting waxed or an express mani or pedi, a mini treatment will make you feel extra glamorous and even a bit decadent walking back into work. If these ordinary beauty treatments aren’t enough, you can now also get lunchtime botox, fillers, non-surgical facials or chemical peels – just don’t go for these too often!! From smaller beauty therapists, and mobile spas to the big department stores, there is an express treatment for everyone!
Chill out and tone up
Gyms across the city are savvy to fact that Londoners want to work their bodies and sometimes they have just an hour to do it. Most gyms offer targeted 45 minute classes so there is time for you to shower and change and get back to work feeling very smug that you have burned some calories and engaged your core. From Yoga and Pilates to Spin classes and boxercise, find the one that you enjoy the most or mix it up and go to a few different ones. That way you can get an extra hour’s sleep in the morning and the evenings are all yours.
Get a blow dry
Whether you have a date, like to look good in the office or are just a bit lazy about washing your hair, why not get you hair professionally washed and blow-dried. Headmasters, who have salons around the London, offer a fabulous Blow Dry menu starting from £27 and when you have a professional blow dry, it can often last three to four days!
Touch base with a friend
No one makes us feel better than our closest friends and family so if you work near some of your friends, arrange to meet up for lunch and good old girly gossip – you will both feel better for putting aside the time to bond and spend time together. If you don’t have friends nearby, arrange to chat on the phone as even this will make you feel better and solidify your friendship.
[photo credit: Chris Blakeley]