Happy Friday! It’s time to kick off your shoes and let down your hair. The weekend is here!
After a hectic week full of work, school, meetings, and chores I think it’s important for everyone to take time and just relax. Self care is something we often feel guilty for doing but it’s vital for our productivity, mental, and physical health. We need time to rest our mind and body so they will be able to perform at their highest level.
Today I am sharing 5 easy ways to relax and take care of yourself this weekend. These activities are the exact things I am doing myself this weekend to unwind and practice self-care.
1. Escape to your happy place. Maybe your happy place is a physical location you can visit this weekend or maybe it’s a place you visit in your mind through meditation or reflection.
I spent 25 years of my life living in the Midwest so I am trying to take full advantage of living by the beach now. I love to wake up early on Saturday morning, pick out a Spotify playlist, and walk the 1.5 miles from my house to the beach. Walking is great exercise to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Once I reach the beach I like to just sit for a while and watch the water. The ocean is so big that it makes all of my problems seems small. This is a great way for me to gain perspective and re-evaluate what is important in life.
2. Pamper yourself a little. A salon or at home pedicure and manicure is a classic way to pamper yourself. I also find the act of picking out a new nail color very therapeutic because it gives you a chance to be someone new. You were neon pink last month and this month…maybe you’ll be red or navy or bright purple! At home facials and bubble baths are also two of my favorite ways to pamper myself. I have been loving bentonite clay face masks and baths using my Lush Strawberry Fields Forever massage bar. That massage bar is amazing if you have those little bumps on the back of your arms. If you want to get extra fancy you can add essential oils and dried flowers to your baths to create the ultimate at-home spa session.
3. Read something. Pick up a book or magazine and read a little this weekend. Your head and heart will thank you. Reading helps improve your memory no matter what you are reading. The top Jeopardy champions attribute reading a wide variety of books and publications to their ability to remember even the most random facts. Reading a book also helps improve your empathy skills. When you read a book you have to use your imagination to create the picture of what’s happening and by doing this you unconsciously (and sometimes consciously) put yourself in the shoes of the characters or people you are reading about. This will help you empathize better with others once you step out back into the world. These skills will be even more improved if you choose books that are about other cultures or societies.
I read quite a bit of non-fiction books and news articles throughout the week so on the weekend I like to sink into a good fiction book. This allows me to escape reality for a moment and discover worlds and situations unlike anything I experience in my everyday life. Specifically I love mystery and dystopian novels.
Here are the three books I’m working on this month:
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg- This book is written by the famous YouTuber, Zoella so I bought it out of curiosity to see what kind of story she wrote.
Control by Lydia Kang- This is a teen dystopian fantasy novel about teens who live in a society where your DNA determines you fate. I haven’t started it yet but I have a feeling it has a similar theme to the movie GATTACA.
Clear the clutter and find happiness– This isn’t a fiction book but I am really loving it. This book is more of an advice or self-help book about how to reduce the material items you have in your life that are causing undue stress.
4. Spend time with friends or family. Talking about your week and listening to others is a great form of self-care and is extremely therapeutic. I talk a lot to people about “validating feelings”. This may sound a little weird but every single person on this planet needs and wants their feelings to be validated. Sometimes we get that validation from ourselves and sometimes it feels good to have our friends or family validate our feelings. It can really take a lot of weight off of your shoulders when you talk to someone about a specific problem or concern you are having at work or home. This will help you start your new week with less stress knowing you have a good support system.
It’s also just great to spend time laughing and having a great time with those you love!
5. Make errands fun and relaxing. Yep. That’s right. I said the words “fun” and “errands” in the same sentence. I like turning hours worth of usually boring tasks into a mini vacation. First, you have to get into the right mindset. Think of your grocery purchases a gifts to yourself. The food you buy and consume will either give you more energy and make you a happier person, or it will drag you down. Every healthy food you put in your basket is a small gift to yourself. Make sure to throw in some treats though, for good measure. 😉
Other ways to turn weekend errands into a more enjoyable and therapeutic experience:
- Wear an outfit that makes you feel comfortable yet fabulous. Maybe you have a strict dress code throughout the week so this is your chance to wear your favorite casual wear. I have a favorite pair of yoga pants I always throw on that make me feel great! Or you can simply wear your favorite lipstick or accessory.
- Create an errands playlist of your all time favorite tunes and crank it up as you drive. You can also bring earphones and continue listening in the grocery store. You can even make a playlist of soothing music to turn any location into a spa. I do that sometimes on my way to work.
- Treat yourself a little. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to treat yourself to a simple pleasure. As you may guess I usually choose a coffeeshop coffee as my treat. I take time to really enjoy each sip and be mindful that I am fortunate to be able to buy this cup of coffee. Life is good and everything will be ok. In those calm moments between sips I am able to reflect a little on my life and set my intentions for the upcoming week. Not into coffee? Treat yourself to something else small like a lipstick, lunch out, or your favorite beverage.
Those are the 5 tips I have for you this weekend and these are the things I most often do to relax each weekend. I didn’t include one about content creation or blogging but for me, that is another outlet I use to relax.
I do also want to point out something about these 5 tips I have just listed. I don’t have kids so I don’t know how possible these things would be with children. Let me know because I am curious and would love to update my post with advice from moms.
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