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How to Relax on Your Day Off

Some of us don’t know how to have a relaxing day off. It is just GO GO GO all the time. Often I find my mind racing with all the things I need/want to do on my my supposed day off. Then, by the end of my day or two break, I feel just as worked as I did before.

Stress isn’t healthy on bit, yet most of us live it every day. It sneaks its way into every aspect of our lives. The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, has an article about the common affects of stress on your health.

Body

  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep Problems

Mood

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression

Behavior

  • Overeating or under-eating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal

 

Don’t get me wrong, having a day off is a great way to catch up on errands at home. However, everyone needs a TRUE day off now and again.

So take a pen, write ALL those wants and obligations down on a piece of paper. Set it aside and enjoy the time you have free.

The perfect day will vary from person to person, but here is my idea of a very relaxing day.

  • Let yourself wake up naturally – NO ALARM!
  • Make something simple for breakfast; nothing that would make you have to clean up a big mess afterwards.
  • Take a cup of coffee or tea and sit in your favorite spot in the house (preferably with a lot of natural light).
  • Go for a walk.
  • Take advantage of the time to do a hobby or activity you love.
  • If you’re like me, I get bored. So, get out of the house! Go window shopping at the mall, retail therapy (if you have/want to spend the money) or read at a local coffee shop.
  • Pamper yourself. Get a massage, a Mani Pedi, or create a spa day at home.
  • Take a long bath or shower.
  • Make or pick up your favorite dinner.
  • Eat chocolate and have a glass of Red wine (Read the post Brainy Choconutmeg!!! about the benefits of Red wine and chocolate on your health)

What does your perfect day look like?

 

References

Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior – Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987

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