When was the last time you had a relaxing weekend? If you have to think long and hard, it might be time to schedule yourself in for some R&R. This weekend test out one (or more!) of these ways to unwind – your mind and body will thank you later!
Read a Book
If your work requires you to be on a computer for most of the day, take a break from all things blue light – including your phone! – and crack open an old-school paperback. For a super relaxing experience, read your book outdoors. Studies have shown that simply spending time surrounded by nature can lower stress and increase performance.
For a relaxing weekend activity that doubles as family bonding time, try baking. Aside from being easy to do and affordable, baking also forces you to be mindful and to pay attention to what you’re doing. In fact, experts suggest that baking can have the same emotional benefits as meditation!
Grow a Plant
Another relaxing yet hands-on activity that can be done with the family is gardening. Gardening has been found to increase happy hormones (like serotonin and dopamine) while lowering stress hormones (like cortisol). If you live in an apartment or a small space, you can still reap the benefits by growing a pot of herbs for the kitchenette or nurturing a houseplant.
Whether you’re an amateur or the next Picasso, let your creativity flow! Artists and crafters usually experience a sense of rhythm or “flow” in their work, which they describe as being similar in feeling to meditation. It’s so effective that art therapy is used as a form of PTSD treatment! If you’re unsure how to start, try an adult coloring book.
In-Home Spa Day
The ultimate in DIY self-care, in-home spa days are some of the most relaxing. For a basic spa day, treat yourself to a face mask while you work on your mani and pedi. Don’t forget to set the mood by playing relaxing music, lighting candles and having everything ready ahead of time. We like to make our own detox water (lemon or cucumber flavoured water) a few hours before, so it has time to absorb the flavours.