The modern world is all about making you as stressed as possible. Busy schedule, sleep issues, huge amounts of caffeine, constant use of social media, air and noise pollution – because of all that, a person can’t just come home in the evening and stay relaxed. If you find that to be a familiar situation, consider taking a day off or unwinding properly on the weekend.
By properly, we mean: make a digital detox, have a spa day, sleep in, go to a park with your friends, meditate, or read a book. There are hundreds of different ways to de-stress, and we’ve combined the best of them in this article.
Meditation is one of the best stress-relieving activities that you can do for yourself. You will feel so good after your session, and it doesn’t require much time. You can meditate anywhere – sitting on a chair, lying in bed, or even standing up. In addition, you can perhaps join a local yoga group & meet for a yoga session.
How to do it: Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Don’t try to control your breaths; just focus on them. When thoughts come in, remind yourself that they are just thoughts and don’t matter. Try to keep doing this until you feel your mind slowing down and you get into a calmer state.
Watch a Movie
Watching a movie is such a great activity for a day off. It’s relaxing, entertaining and funny at the same time. A movie can give you a chance to get away from reality for two hours or so, and, sometimes, that’s exactly what you need.
How to do it: Pick a light comedy that makes you laugh. Your favourite genre might be drama or action, but sometimes it’s good to change things up, especially when you need to relax.
Write in a Journal
There is no better way to get your thoughts in order than by writing them down. This could be your opinion on a world event or on a recent movie or TV show you’ve just seen. You can also contemplate life’s bigger questions – Why are we here? Where did we come from? You don’t need to solve these riddles, but it can be quite therapeutic to simply ponder them and write down your take.
How to do it: As Rod Serling famously put it – “Writing is easy. I simply sit at my typewriter and bleed.” Of course, he was speaking metaphorically. If you end up bleeding, you are probably doing it wrong. Instead, just put your ideas down on paper without worrying how good the writing is. Don’t self-censor or self-critique; just write.
Make Your Own Spa Day
It doesn’t have to be an expensive spa day with all the expensive packages – you can do it at home with just a few things – like scented candles, a shakti mat, or bubble baths.
How to do it: Run a hot bath, add in some bubble bath, and light a few scented candles. You can play some relaxing music or read a good book. Enjoy.
Go for a Walk or Swimming
Walking & swimming both are very relaxing, even if you just walk around your neighbourhood. It gives you the chance to get fresh air and see some new places, but it also helps you get all your thoughts together. If you have a lot of things going through your head, simply taking a walk might help you clear your mind. Alternatively, swimming can be a great way to relax while getting fit. Everyone should learn swimming & can easily swim on a local lake or perhaps in a nearby swimming pool.
How to do it: Put on some comfortable shoes, grab your phone or MP3 player, and head out. Ideally, you have some noise-cancelling earbuds you can use. If not, don’t worry. You don’t need to break the bank. You may want to invest in some wireless earbuds so that you can stay active and not worry about knocking the wire out of the jack. If your workout involves swimming, there are even waterproof earbuds that can be used in the water. Check out this article on earbuds for swimming.
Don’t think too much about where to go – just walk around and see what happens. You might accidentally bump into someone that will make your day. Even if nothing happens, you’ll still enjoy that time outdoors.
Enjoy Your Favorite Meal
This one is very simple – if you have a favourite meal, make it on your day off. This will help you feel good about yourself because you’re making yourself happy. You don’t have to have the experience alone. You can invite a friend over to help you prepare the meal – and help you eat it, too, of course.
How to do it: Look up some recipes online, watch some YouTube cooking tutorials, or ask a family member for the recipe of a dish you enjoyed growing up. If you’re a dreadful cook and there’s no one around to cook for you, order takeout instead. There are many apps that can deliver food from any restaurant in your city or town.
Don’t let a day off go by without taking the opportunity to unwind a bit. From the suggestions in this article, you should have no shortage of ideas as to how to go about it. This way, you’ll be in full form when you have to attack another working week and you won’t need a vacation just to recover from a hectic day off.