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Staying Healthy and Optimising Happiness in Edinburgh

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In 2018, Edinburgh was voted the UK’s ‘best’ place to live and work.  While this makes us feel very happy, it also gives us a good opportunity to share how to experience Edinburgh like a local, while enhancing a sense of well-being. Our wonderful city can boost your mood and it’s packed full of experiences and things to do which will really enhance your happiness.

Edinburgh is relatively small, and the fact that much of it is within walking distance of the Royal Mile, where our venue is based, is one of our favourite things about the Scottish capital. If you’re a local, short commuting times to work are definitely pull factors to the city. And after the working week, we love that weekend beach activities are only a short distance away. The seaside is easily accessible at Cramond and Portobello, and breathing in the sea air while wandering across to Cramond Island or along Portobello Pier, always has us feeling ‘fin-tastic’.  It’s bound to increase productivity and decrease stress levels come Monday morning.

We hear a lot about the health benefits of nature, and we couldn’t agree more. With an incredible amount of green spaces around the city, one of our favourite walks found in Edinburgh is to take a short wander through Princes Street Gardens set between the old and new towns. Here, you can check out the recently refurbished Ross Fountain and stop for a drink at the Fountain Café, found tucked in the gardens under the castle. With deck chairs often found outside during the summer, this spot is the perfect place for a rest in the sun with a breath-taking view of Edinburgh Castle above.

Saving money can also promote well-being, so with lots of free activities, enjoying Edinburgh doesn’t need to break the bank. Why not enjoy the view of the city, the Forth and across to Fife from the castle’s esplanade? Or if you’re after an indoor activity, explore the diversity of the natural world, art, science and Scottish history at The National Museum of Scotland. The view from the top of the roof terrace is a secret spot we love – here, you can enjoy unrivalled 360-degree views over to the castle and across the rest of Edinburgh!

What we eat has become increasingly important as part well-being and our own Cafe Hub has a focus on healthy and sustainable eating.  It offers plenty of organic loose leaf and herbal teas to choose from, so you can drink your way to calmness and relaxation. And with the growth in focus on the role of plant-based diets in environment and health, we have a wide range of choice on offer. Our new menu offers plenty of vegetarian options, including the Vegetarian ‘Hubmade’ Breakfast, or a Scottish Brie salad with tomato and basil dressing, as well as our new favourite from the vegan range, a delicious North African Chickpea Casserole.

So whether you’re looking for a weekend pick-me-up, are looking to make healthier choices, or just want to enjoy what relaxing and calming opportunities Edinburgh has to offer, these tips will make sure you have a fulfilling time in our Scottish capital.   And you can feel extra good by rounding it all off with a healthy and filling meal in the Cafe Hub.