Time flies when you’re insanely busy. I know, I know, that’s not how the phrase goes. But time doesn’t just fly when you’re having fun—it can also speed by when you have your head down, pounding through work and projects. And then all of a sudden before you know it, it’s been a week.
It’s so easy to let the days fly by, without taking the chance to breathe, take a break, and refresh yourself. And without taking that time to relax, you can’t really be at your best day after day. Everyone needs time to pursue their passions and hobbies, and simply live. When we feel at peace with ourselves, we perform our best and truly enjoy life.
Here are some different ways to rejuvenate, relax, and take a break. Hopefully at least one of them speaks to you, and helps you live in the moment.
1. Go on a Hike
Getting out of your work environment and into the fresh air is a great way to relax. Nature has a way of calming even the most tense of people, with the clear air and simple sounds of bird chirping surrounding you and filling your senses. Being in nature is not only calming, but the exercise will flood your body with endorphins, giving you a feeling of happiness and well-being—and enabling you to feel refreshed and ready to tackle whatever will come your way at work.
So go and find somewhere to hike (or even just walk), and spend some time in nature. You could go alone and spend the time reflecting and relaxing, or take the time to reconnect with a friend. If you want, bring a camera too—stopping to take photos of nature helps you appreciate it even better, and notice the small details and intricacies of what’s going on around you.
2. Have a Picnic
If you don’t necessarily want to exercise, but want to be out in nature (or just love food like me), go out and have a picnic! It’s an easy way to take advantage of your lunch break, and refresh yourself halfway through a long workday. Or go on the weekend when you can travel further to a new and beautiful spot.
You can just pack whatever food you desire – a simple meal, just some snacks, or a full on feast. I like to switch it up depending on who I’m going with and how long I have to relax. I also recommend bringing a blanket so you have somewhere nice to sit, and patting the ground first to make sure it’s not dripping wet (trust me, this has happened to me before).
3. Go to the Beach
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as laying down on the beach and listening to the sound of the waves as they crash on the shore. This would be a fun outing to get a group of friends together for—you can bring a volleyball, football, or some kind of game with you, and spend time in community together.
Alternatively, you can go by yourself and spend some time chilling and recharging. And if you live by the beach, it doesn’t even have to be a full day adventure—simply grabbing a book, some sunscreen, and a towel and heading to the shores for an hour is a great way to relax too!
4. Go on a Bike Ride
I know, I know—something else that involves going outside. But it really does do you good to get out and see the world! And this is well worth the physical strain. Just imagine feeling the breeze wash over you as you’re riding off into the distance. You can furiously pedal your stress and worries away.
Since I’m not the biggest fan of exercise, I like to involve food or a treat in some way. I suggest looking up a route to a food place that sounds great, and then biking your way there. Then you get the benefits of exercise and relaxing, and a treat at the end. Or you could bike out in nature so you don’t have to deal with streets and cities—whatever sounds best to you!
4. Dive into a Good Book
This is one of my favorite ways to relax. Getting to delve into another world for a while is a great way to forget about your worries and stress and just spend some time living somewhere else. I recommend books that have a really intriguing plot line, like fantasy or mystery novels, but that’s my personal preference because it allows you to let your mind wander into the story.
Some people I know love reading self-reflection books, or books that dive into different aspects of life and faith. I say, go for whatever you prefer and whatever enables you to relax! Curling up with a cup of tea and a warm blanket, or outside with a glass of lemonade are two ways to make it even more enjoyable.
5. Try Making a New Recipe
There are two reasons why I think this is a great idea. First of all, you get to try something new. That dish you keep staring at on Pinterest, and have pinned to your “Food” board? Go get the ingredients and put it together! Or that amazing dish you love in the restaurant and haven’t tried to cook yourself? Take the plunge, find a recipe for it, and try it out!
The second reason this is great is that you get to eat the final product! I mean really, what’s better than a fun activity and delicious food? I can’t think of much myself.
6. Watch a Movie or TV Episode
I love watching movies and TV shows for the same reason I love books—you get to dive into another world for a period of time. What makes it even better? Curling up in a blanket and consuming some delicious snacks (I’m telling ya, I can bring food into anything).
I’m not advocating always staying inside or being a hermit to avoid stress or relax (I’m guilty of this, and am learning you need balance). But if you’re ever feeling like you need a quick break, just relax and watch a quick episode. If you have more time and you’re home, watch a movie! I work from home and sometimes just need to clear my mind, so I watch a show during my lunch break. It helps clear the fuzz from my brain, and I can look at projects with fresh eyes.
7. Write a Blog Post or Article
So many people I know have started their own blogs, either to write about their personal lives or experiences, or to talk about industry-related topics. I think any time is a great time to start a blog. As you can tell, I enjoy writing (hence this article) and find it relaxing. Whether you want to start your own blog, write a guest post for someone else’s blog, or just write it for your own pleasure, I say go for it!
The best way to start your blog, and your blog post, is to write about something that’s interesting to you. You can talk about what’s going on in your life right now, your beliefs, an interesting topic or issue that’s been on your mind—really anything. If you prefer not to make it personal, you can focus on industry trends and topics in the field you’re in. But whatever you do, make it relaxing for you! Don’t make it feel like an extra burden, or that defeats the point of a work break.
Hopefully one of these ideas will spark your interest, or inspire you to come up with some ideas of your own. Most of these would be really fun with friends, so take it as an opportunity to reconnect and bond with the people in your life that you’ve been neglecting because of work. Or take the time to yourself to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate. You can’t perform your best when you don’t give yourself a chance to live in the moment, take a break, and just breathe.
Written by Laura Decorte
I’m a writer, editor, marketer, and media professional – a jack of all [media] trades if you will.
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