The weekend is [almost] here! Whether your plans include enjoying some adventure time, simply catching up on homelife and household chores or even if you have to work, do be sure to carve out some self-care time, too.
HERE ARE 5 QUICK IDEAS:
GO TO BED EARLY. Why stay up late if you’re at home this weekend? Most times you’re probably just up putzing around anyway or watching a TV show you can find on demand anyway, right?
UNPLUG. Yup, go offline. Set an away message for your emails. Turn off the notifications for your phone. Better yet, just turn your phone off for a while. That goes for any other tablet, computer… tracking device! Take a DEEP BREATH. It’s ok. You can do it!
VEG. OUT. There’s this super weird competition thing we seem to do in our society where we battle it out on how busy we are. Rest, however, is a good thing! It allows your mind and body to recover from daily stressors that we all face in one way or another. Set aside one day this weekend to just relax and chill or “play hooky” if you prefer. The main point is to do NO work.
CATCH UP. Nurture your personal community. Remember that good friend of yours? What’s she up to? How about so-and-so who you haven’t talked to or seen in a while? What about your family? Connect on the phone (preferably not via text) and/or spend quality time with your friends and loved ones to strengthen your bonds. In our virtual/digital world it seems to take more effort but we’re healthier when we strive to make more human, not AI, connections. Sorry, not sorry, Siri.
TREAT YO’ SELF. Now, it’s true some have used this phrase to excuse overindulgent splurges, buying things they can’t afford, but keep in mind that in the “Parks and Recreation” episode where the phrase originated, the characters only celebrated extravagantly ONE DAY a year. In this case, we’re talking about simply doing something just because it makes you happy. Get a mani-pedi or a massage, for instance. Light some candles and soak in the tub. Buy or pick some flowers. Try a fun DIY (Do It Yourself) project. Visit a plant nursery or do some gardening. Read a book or do some writing. Practice your favorite craft or hobby. You get the picture.
What’s your favorite way to practice self-care and treat yourself? Share in the comments!