Sometimes, we are so focused on work that we no longer have time to just have fun and enjoy what life outside the workplace has to offer. For most people, this isn’t uncommon and they even accept this as a part of adulthood that one cannot escape from. However, there are times when our body finally gives up on us – a clear warning that perhaps it’s time to take a break and just recharge your batteries. ALSO READ: 12 Alarming Signs You Need To Take a Break from Work. If you’re one of those people whose idea of fun is too outdated because you’ve been living your life inside your career cave, then this article is for you. Here, we’ll give you some tips on how to just spend a day or two in pure relaxation.
1. Spa day, anyone?
Who would ever refuse a spa day? If you want to start feeling good and refreshed, think physical. Having a soothing massage and a revitalizing beauty treatment should always be on your list. Feeling good about yourself will help you regain your confidence. Plus, the slow and relaxing pace at the spa will help you forget the stress of your demanding schedules from work. This is the first option that you should take since it does not need a lot of careful planning. All you have to do is to make that reservation, show up, and welcome yourself to relaxation heaven.
2. Let your friends know you’re still alive.
One of the symptoms of overworking is when you no longer have time to say hello to your friends. There are instances when you’re too tired even just to return a call or show up at an important party with your gang. Our next tip is simple: send them a text message or an email and see what happens next. Being with the people you’re most comfortable with can give you a change of atmosphere. It’s an important step especially if you’ve already considered your career as the center of your universe – which is not a bad thing, if you’re good at the work-life balance section. However, talking with friends or joining them over a cup of coffee is like a familiar and effortless remedy that you should not deprive yourself of.
3. Plan a good old family reunion.
For some people it’s more stressful to be with their relatives than to complete an eight-hour work day. However, the comfort and familiarity that we get from spending time with our family and all the imperfections and awkward conversations that come with it can be a refreshing experience. Being with family reminds you that no matter what happens, in success or in failure, you’ll have people who’ll support you and be true to you every step of the way.
4. Spend a relaxing day at the beach.
When was the last time you went for a swim? Why don’t you plan a day or two at the beach and just live the cool and energizing island life? Several studies suggest that being with nature reboots and rewires our brain. Connecting with nature and just opening yourself to the calmness or excitement of the great outdoors can totally change your perspective and give you a clearer and more optimistic attitude towards life – and work. Thus, a rejuvenating vacation spent with nature will make you do your job better and increase your productivity at work.
5. Travel to somewhere familiar.
Travelling to a memorable place can help you relax and just forget the world. Why shouldn’t you go to a new and unfamiliar place? With all the stress and hassles that come with mapping out a trip and actually hitting the road, going to a place where you’ve been before is a more practical option. Why don’t you relive and revisit the places that remind you of the happiest days of your life? It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling alone, just have fun.
6. Meet new people.
Socializing and meeting new people can give you a chance to regain your confidence and just be yourself. Working too hard often turn people into boring office machines and meeting new people can help you turn yourself back into a social and a feeling human being.
7. Start a new hobby.
Focusing on activities other than work can help you restart your brain and reduce stress. Discover your creative side through learning new things that give you a sense of accomplishment. Starting a new hobby or just going back to your old ones can give you a much needed break from the routines of your office job.
8. Update your playlist.
Music has a way making us feel calm and happy. When was the last time you updated your music playlist? If you have a friend who’s a music fanatic, let them introduce you to some feel good beat or a just a soothing, meditative genre. Sometimes, listening to music on your daily bus or train ride can help you feel at ease and it can help organize your thoughts after an overwhelming work day.
9. Eat good food.
Eating right and eating healthy may not be your idea of fun but consuming fresh and healthy food is a golden ticket to a stress-free and fatigue-free life in and outside of work. Coupled with exercise, having a healthy meal every day can increase your mind power and at the same time, give you the energy that you need to last the day.
10. Make yourself a nice dinner.
Treat yourself to a nice dinner and just savor the experience. However, if the culinary golds did not give you a chance to be a good cook, you can just go to your favorite restaurant and have a satisfying meal. So what are you waiting for? Book that reservation, dress up and enjoy that sumptuous feast.
11. Spend a day at home just doing nothing.
Lazy days aren’t that bad. Sometimes, staying at home and doing nothing are the best ways to relax and have break from a stressful work environment. Having the freedom to wear the most comfortable clothes you can find and the freedom from the responsibilities of work are the two most liberating feelings in the world – and you deserve them.
Everything that we’ve pointed out will help you be yourself again by focusing on the things that make you feel happy and relaxed either with other people or when you’re alone. Remember that although work is an important part of being a fully functioning adult, making your well-being and work-life balance your number one priority will always be worth more than any six-digit paycheck.
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