One of the days last week I was by myself. I wanted to capture here how I spent the day and remind myself to do it again.
It was one of those rare days where you fall into bed at night with opposing feelings of exhaustion and rejuvenation.
You can all hold me accountable to this, but I want some of my weekend days to follow the below formula. It’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves and do the activities that actually expand, rather than deplete, our energy.
Wake up on your own time
Enough said about this one really. There’s something rare and special about waking up sans alarm and reading in bed, or just lying there staring at the ceiling.
When life offers this option up (and I know it can be rare!), take it and luxuriate in it.
Move your body
I’m still not a regular morning exerciser but can really see the benefit of getting it done early in the day.
You’re less likely to put it off, you feel a sense of accomplishment and it often helps to wake us up and propel us on with the rest of our day.
As holidays can be indulgent, it felt great to do weights at the hotel gym during the morning. I almost jumped on the treadmill too, then realised I was planning on walking around the city most of the day, so canned that idea in favour of the outside world!
Include some culture
My theory is if you’re missing that travelling feeling, head to a gallery or museum. I get a distinct feeling over me when I walk around a venue like this, that I could be anywhere in the world.
I did spend a year living overseas and frequented galleries and museums in a lot of cities, but I’m pretty sure it’s a universal feeling for many people.
The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane was airy, quiet and gave me that worldly feeling all over again.
Enjoy a slow meal
Meals are such an important time for relaxing. Take your time ordering, think about how you want to feel after the meal and try and grab a good view for people or landscape watching if you can.
And I wanted to feel like I’d had a beer, so I had one!
Take some quiet time
I chose a spa to enjoy my quiet time. I know having a spa is not always possible in everyday life, but the concept of relaxing and resting after a day out usually is.
I was umming and ahhing about heading down to the spa alone but as soon as I got there I felt much more relaxed. I read my book, eased my muscles after a day out - it was perfect.
Escape via fiction or music
My default when I have ‘spare time’ is to start scrolling through my phone. Checking social media and, more frequently, clicking on self-help-style blog posts usually leads me down the rabbit hole to new books, courses and theories I could be learning about.
The internet pulls us in many mental directions, so I’ve been trying to use my spare time to either read some fiction, or put on a great playlist.
I still get the enjoyment and entertainment I’m after, but it’s more relaxing than filling my brain with self development (read: ‘you’re not good enough’) ideas.
Catch up with friends
Another no brainer I think. Good conversation and spending time with people we care about fills us up emotionally more than any other activity.
If you’re in a slump or even after a relaxing day, call a friend or family member up and relish in the quality time together.
What do you do on holidays that you neglect to do in everyday life?