"Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax." Mark Blac
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Who doesn't look forward to a day off? But sadly, a day off generally means a day filled with to-do lists and errands to run for most of us. So is it really a day off?
In today's crazy world, we surely need an actual day off—a day that is truly all about taking some time for ourselves.
A day without to-do lists and errands. A day for relaxing and unwinding.
We owe it to ourselves to slow down once in a while. And what better way to slow down than taking a whole day and spend it in a calming, relaxing, and fun way. Think of it as your day. And remember, the priority is you. It's your day to say no to others and put yourself first.
Announce it loud and clear that it's your day, and you will be unavailable unless it is an emergency. And hold firm and make it your day.
Some Suggestions For Your Day
Enjoy your morning coffee. No phone or other devices. No news on the television in the background. Just you and your coffee. Think about what you want to do on your day.
Take a walk, but don't just walk. Observe, take in the sights and sounds. Listen to the birds, feel the sunshine on your face, breathe in the fresh air. Just enjoy nature and relax.
Have lunch with someone you always enjoy being around—that one person who always makes you laugh.
Kick back and put your feet up and enjoy a good book. When was the last you sat down to read?
Make some popcorn and settle in for a marathon of your favorite movies. Preferably movies that make you laugh and feel good.
Take a nice relaxing soak in the bathtub with Epsom salts. Epsom salts will loosen up those tight muscles. Your whole body will feel better.
Start a journal. There is nothing better than writing down both the good and bad things going on in your life. Express your thoughts and feelings. And it's private, just for your eyes. Get it all out.
Give yourself a pedicure. Getting a pedicure feels so good, and then, of course, some bright, cheery polish makes it look amazing. Now your feet are feeling good and beautiful.
Sit down and make a list of all the good positive things in your life. Something tells me that the list of good things in your life will far outnumber the awful stuff.
Lie down and do nothing but listen to your favorite music.
Grab a glass of wine or a cup of coffee or your preferred beverage and settle in to watch the sunset.
Of course, you don't have to do all these things in one day. But you should sure try and squeeze in several of them. And you would benefit from scheduling a day just for you consistently. Put in on your calendar like you would anything other significant event or task.
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…Including you."