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Eat Lunch (at the pub) to Increase Productivity at Work

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

It might seem counter intuitive, but if you are too busy at work you should take a break and grab lunch at the pub. Especially if you do not have time for it!

We have talked about the benefits of relaxing at the pub to unwind from a long day or week. Pubs are places to connect with local community, find reprieve, or maybe just dawdle. Which makes it a perfect place to find respite in the middle of a busy work day.

Is going to a place traditionally meant as a social gathering spot really the best place to get lunch though? If you only have a little bit of time for lunch you may opt for a quick-casual or fast-food concepts because of the perceived time savings.

Elissa Epel, director of the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment, led a study that showed that the more "mindfulness" participants practiced, the more their anxiety, stress, and deep belly fat decreased.

"Eating at our desk isn’t usually a good time-management decision if we want to be productive, creative, or just plain happy", according to Christine Carter, Ph.D., the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Achieve More by Doing Less. Carter recommends taking a few minutes to eat mindfully and sitting in a space designed to be relaxing. Well, what can be more relaxing than the pub?

A school in central China, in an attempt to allow more time for students to study, removed chairs from the cafeteria. The thought was that the students would have more time for studying because they would not linger after lunch. According to an article in Financial Times:

“It’s a terrible idea to make students eat while standing... It sacrifices the students’ health for academic scores. It’s unacceptable, and it should not be emulated.” Gao Shan, a gastroenterologist, was quoted as saying that this practice would be very bad for the digestion and could set children up for a lifetime of chronic illnesses.

Making a quick trip through a drive-thru or running through a long queue at the numerous fast-casual lunch spots might seem like it saves you time; however, those actions limit the ability for you to eat mindfully and recharge. Spending 15-30 minutes at the pub for lunch (and, yes, you can get into the pub, eat lunch, and leave in under 30 minutes) will give you a chance to "eat mindfully" and unplug from the phone and laptop.

When the work-day is hectic (and especially when it is hectic), take a lunch break at the pub, or in nature, or anywhere that allows you time to stop and enjoy 30 minutes with your food.

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