Just Relax: 10 Ways to Relax During Your Day Off

Really? You still need someone to tell you how to relax during your day off?
Well, the answer is: YES! Relaxing during your day off is not just sleeping all day. Sleeping all day is not even advisable during your day off. There are so many ways to relax during your day off. Here are some:

1. Read a book

Reading a book is not just mental stimulation. It is an excellent way to reduce stress. Don’t read calculus or a philosophical discourse on the workings of the human mind during your relaxation day. Instead, read a book that can excite your mind. Maybe a novel, a love story, a mystery book.

Pro Tip: Read an actual book with pages that you can flip instead of reading from a kindle or a tablet. Let your eyes relax from digital strain. It is refreshing to read an actual book where you can smell the scent of the paper and insert a bookmark to separate pages.

2. Stretch

This does not take the whole day off; but during a busy day, there is practically no time to stretch, unless you are a professional athlete. You have plenty of time to spare during a rest day so, do a little stretching.

Yoga! If you are into yoga, do a little yoga. 40 minutes to an hour is a great way to relax. Stretching and yoga increase your flexibility, improves your posture, calms your mind and most importantly relieves your body from stress.

3. Take a Warm Bath

Yes, please! I want one of these every weekend! A warm bath is undoubtedly one of the best things you can do to relax during your day off. When in a hurry, shower at the start of the day is enough for hygiene purposes. There really is no time to take a relaxing shower. But over the weekend? Yes! A warm bath, please!

Pro Tip: Combine with essential oils. Lavander, coconut, olive oil are best for a warm bath. Remember, a Hot shower is different from a warm bath. A warm bath is far more relaxing and is great for the skin, for the immune system and is more soothing.

**You also might want to try Epsom salt Bath to loosen joints and relax muscles.

4. Watch TV with Popcorn

The key here is the popcorn! Dim the lights, go to Netflix and eat that popcorn. Set the mood to a relaxing movie time with popcorn. Binge watch your favorite movie or your favorite tv series while wearing the most unfashionable clothes you can find in your closet. Don’t worry, there is no fashion police during your popcorn and tv time.

Just like what Hollywood says: Relax and enjoy the show!

5. Get a Massage

Wow! When was the last time that you got a massage? There are so many benefits to getting a massage on a regular basis. Some of which include: relieves headaches, lessens anxiety and stress, lowers blood pressure, improve blood circulation and a whole lot more.

How often should you get a massage? Every two weeks is ideal. Some do it every week; some every month. You know your body more, so if you start feeling those aches in your shoulder blades, calves, legs and other parts of your body, then your body is telling you, YOU NEED TO GET A MASSAGE!

6. Catch up with Friends

Grab a cup of coffee with friends. (You can also call this non-date dates, so there’s actually no pressure)Bowl with them and get that strike that has been so eluding. (Maybe, even a turkey! I am talking about bowling here.) Whatever activity you might find interesting, do it with your friends. The point is to do something with friends.

7. Organize Your Things

Organizing things can be therapeutic. This does not necessarily mean that you do a general cleaning of your house. You can organize your desk. You can organize your files. You can organize your room. You can organize the names of people in your phonebook.

Start small. Make sure you finish organizing within the day so that there is no need for you to get back into it the next week. Being able to arrange things and completing it will give you a sense of accomplishment. Never! I tell you, never organize work stuff though. Separate work organization from your own personal organization at home.

8. Meditate

UHMMMMMMM!
Meditation can be hard for beginners especially if you are so accustomed to a busy lifestyle. But it is a skill that anyone can learn. Meditation is actually only hard at the start, but once you get the hang of it, you will even look forward to it.

Here is a guided meditation I found in NYTimes which I think can be very useful for beginners and experts alike. Benefits of meditation include: stress relief, promotes emotional health, enhances self-awareness, lengthens attention span, and can even generate kindness.

9. Listen to Good Music

Relax with good music! You don’t necessarily have to meditate here. You just need to chill to the music. You can even groove to the music. If you must, dance with the music like there is no one in the room with you.

10. Wear Comfortable Clothes

This is actually the first thing that you need to do! You need to wear comfortable clothes. If you have been wearing heels from Monday through Friday. Saturdays should be “no heels day” for you!

Wear comfortable socks like SocksLane compression socks. Wear your pajamas the whole day if you must. Wear comfy cotton clothes. Walk in your bedroom slippers the entire day.

Relax!

Yes! Relaxing is the best way to spend your day off. Maybe this weekend you can choose 2 or 3 from the list above. You can always mix it up. It’s no rocket science what you can do during your day off, but you need to do something else other than sleep so that you relax. Remember, the key here is to relax. There is no need to rush through the list above and telling yourself you have to do all these things during your weekend.

Just relax!

In no time, you will discover that there are more things to do to relax during your weekend! Enjoy dear!

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