an empty bench at the beach

Searching for peace and tranquility can be a life long battle and sometimes we have to keep our eyes open for the opportunities within our day where we can sit back and enjoy a little moment of peace, clarity – of Zen.


For me, one of those moments happens to be lunchtime.


How do you feel about lunch breaks?


Are you rushed and feel that you do not have enough time?


Are you preoccupied about what you are going to eat or where?


Are you so busy at work that you don’t feel that you even have time for lunch?


I’ve answered yes to all these questions and I’m sure that you feel the same way.  Lunch time is supposed to be a nice break from work where you can eat and relax and not think about work.




Well, I know for many people, especially those with cell phones (basically everyone) and easy access to calls, messages, emails and text we do not take the break from work that we deserve.


I am just as guilty as you.


I am so blessed to live in South Florida where the where the sun is always shining, the beach inviting and your options for entertainment abundant. There’s no surprise that snowbirds choose to flock here during the winter, and that we’re at the top of spring break and summer vacation lists.


But, if you live here, you kind of forget about all that.


I love to pack something simple or pick something up on the way and park on the beach. There are an abundance of public beaches up and down the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county lines.


My tips for a successful lunch break at the beach:

  1. Always have water with you to avoid any dehydration.
  2. Roll down the windows and take a deep breath of clean and salty ocean air for a sense of tranquility.
  3. Park your car in a shaded area to avoid excessive heat.
  4. To keep your body cool slip off any excessive top clothing like your coat, jacket/sweater and shoes.
  5. Find a bench in the shade to enjoy a better view.


I like to park my car at the beach and eat my lunch listening to the ocean waves rolling in, the birds singing nearby and feeling the sweet breeze on my face. Having lunch on the beach, even if just for 20 minutes, reminds me to be mindful of my environment and to myself.


When I head back to work I feel more at ease and ready to close out the day on a high note.


If you have never tried this before, I challenge you to try it.  If you have and you didn’t enjoy it or it has been too long, I challenge you to try it again.  Taking time for nature with its’ gift of peace and tranquility is an endless gift of happiness and peace.

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