Every once and a while we all reach a point where our stress levels get a little bit crazy. Whether it be triggered from work, school, a relationship, or any other outside influence, sometimes we just need a day to decompress, reset, and focus on ourselves. When it comes time for the weekend, it can be very tempting to want to do nothing on your day off. Typically when people think about taking a self proclaimed “mental health day” they assume it will be full of lounging around on the couch and never changing out of your pajamas, but that will only leave you feeling tired and lethargic. The goal instead is to feel positive, re-energized and productive, so here are a few suggestions on how to make the most of your day off day this weekend.
Your morning is what sets the tone for the rest of the day. Mix up your morning routine this weekend by skipping the alarm and letting the sunlight wake you up this time around. Chances are your body is already on its own sleep schedule (I wake up at 6:00 every day!) but there is something so nice about falling asleep the night before knowing that your alarm isn’t set to wake you.
You probably run through the same morning routine every day of the week already, so why not try and switch it up on your day off! Maybe stretch it out with some morning yoga, go for a run around the block, or cook yourself that big delicious breakfast you never have time for during the week…whatever it may be, start your day the way you’ve always wanted to.
Take A Day Trip
There are so many beautiful and fun places to visit in this world, but we often neglect the ones right around the corner! You don’t always have to hop on a plane to get away, so on your next day off why not get in your car and drive somewhere local that you’ve always wanted to go. Some ideas could be a day trip to a museum, hiking a local trail, taking a drive along the coastline, or venturing into the city. Spontaneous trips can often be more fun than the planned ones, in my opinion. Traveling and exploring, even if just for the day, can create some of the very best memories!
Piggybacking off of the last point, I find that it so important to reconnect with the outdoors every once and a while. When you think about it, we spend nearly our entire day inside or in our cars. Find a green space that makes you feel more connected with nature and spend an hour or two embracing your surroundings. For me, I feel most connected to not only nature but to myself when at the beach. For others it may be in the woods or the mountains! wherever it may be, try and set aside some time to get out there this weekend.
Catch Up On Reading
If you are like me then you likely have a list of articles, magazines, and books you’ve been meaning to read piled up on your laptop or desk. It can often feel like information overload with all of the articles, emails and content being thrown at us every day, and things can get thrown onto the back burner. Take some time to catch up on all of the things you’ve been meaning to and simply haven’t had time for. Get lost in the pages of a book you’ve been wanting to read, or one you’ve read already.
Shut Off Your Phone
I know, I know. You’re probably thinking there is no way I can shut my phone off. What if somebody needs me? What if there is a work emergency? Even if it’s just for half the day, shut your phone off. You will be amazed at much more productive and engaged you are. You will have more face to face conversations, and without the constant temptation of scrolling through Instagram or sending a snap on Snapchat you will notice that your attention span improves drastically. We are always afraid to miss things on our phones, but you are actually missing what is going on around you!
Or as Tom Haverford would say, Treat Yo Self. What is one special thing you could buy or do for yourself that you’ve been meaning to do for a while? Get a pedicure perhaps? Had your eye on a special pair of shoes? It could even be as simple as taking a bath and deep conditioning your hair. Whatever it may be, make sure it is something that makes you feel refreshed, excited, and happy. All too often we put off doing things for ourselves for far too long. Make this day all about you. Be a little selfish.