Spend a Weekend Reaching for Relaxation
Today there are so many things that keep our lives busy and stressful. Continually we are moving at a fast pace; technology forces us to move at an even faster one. We juggle appointments, work and family matters nonstop. Why not take some time to just grab some “me” time? Why not try to reach for some ultimate relaxation? It really isn’t that difficult and afterwards you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on a new week. Give it a try, a weekend of stress free bliss awaits. These are the simple steps to take:
1. Before the weekend begins stock up your refrigerator. Mix up your food choices with a few decadent items, but also some healthy alternatives. Go for some items you normally don’t buy. Do your shopping after a meal so you don’t go too crazy.
2. Turn off you cell phone and put it in a drawer for the entire weekend. Don’t even give in to the temptation of checking it for messages.
3. Unplug the land line phone or turn the ringer off. Truthfully most calls you get anyway are from political candidates or companies looking for donations.
4. Turn off your computer or ipad and put it away. This might be difficult if you’re an internet junkie. But avoid the temptation to turn it on. Your goal should be to limit exposure to the outside world.
5. Turn off the TV. The goal is not to be distracted by advertising or the outside world. If you want to watch something, limit it to an old DVD movie you have around the house or keep it old school and rent one. They still have red boxes around town. The goal is to limit your ability to be negatively distracted by ads or current events.
6. Remove all clocks. Don’t let time dictate what you think you should be doing. Just do what comes to mind when it comes to mind.
7. Find a quiet place to sit in your house or apartment. There might be more than one place you can find that is comfortable. Just take in your surroundings and enjoy the simple sounds and view. As you get more relaxed with just being with yourself, you’ll find you can sit longer.
8. Now get to the important things to aid in relaxation:
a. Take a long walk.
b. Take a nap.
c. Cook something you normally don’t cook.
d. Sit down with a good book.
e. Write down your thoughts and ideas.
f. Watch that old movie you’ve wanted to see but haven’t found the time to watch.
g. Any other quiet “me” time that you find relaxing.
At the end of the weekend, write down your thoughts; jot down what you thought of the experience, positives and negatives. Was it an enjoyable experience? Make plans for your next weekend of relaxation.