How to Unwind and Recharge this Weekend

how to unwind this weekend The Holidays are coming, it’s time to step up your self-care game.

Because if you’re anything like me, you’ll soon be cleaning, food shopping, running around, cooking, calling everyone in the family, scheduling things and probably stressing a little too. You know, just a bit.

So, this weekend, take a little time for yourself. Even if it’s just  fifteen minutes you spend by yourself, enjoying a cup of our favorite tea. Even if you have to lock yourself in a closet away from your kids, for a few minutes.

Now is the time to unwind and recharge before the Holiday madness begins.

GUIDED MEDITATION

If you’ve never tried meditating, guided meditation is a great place to start. While doing things like having a mini movie marathon or reading a book is a great way to relax, meditation is the ultimate tool that will help you calm your nerves and gently ease into deep relaxation. You can find a ton of great guided meditations on YouTube– they work best when you listen to them through headphones.

STEP AWAY FROM THE DIGITAL WORLD

This one is tough to do, because we’re surrounded by technology- which means that it’s that much more important to do, once in a while. About four years ago, during Hurricane Sandy, we lost power for almost a week. It was a vey stressful and devastating time, but at the time, we had no internet or TV so we didn’t really know how bad things were. We slept in the basement, burned some candles and put the fire place on, we bundled up and played Monopoly and Scrabble every single night while snacking on grilled cheese sandwiches (it was one of the few things we could “cook”, since we had to empty the fridge). No phones, no TV, no computers, no tablets. I thought I wouldn’t survive without my phone and it was difficult at first, but you know what? We had so much fun. I know it’s a strange thing to say, but I almost felt slightly disappointed when the power finally came back on.

Even if it’s something as simple as playing basketball in the park for twenty minutes and leaving your phone at home, or going for a walk- it’s so important to take that time to disconnect. You’d be surprised at how good it can feel.

EAT SOME GOOD FOOD

No, I don’t mean visiting your favorite place to eat. I mean getting in the kitchen and cooking a marvelous meal for one. Or two, or three. Grab your friends and play a home-version of Chopped. This winter my sister and one of my friends are planning to get together once a month in my place, so that I can teach them to cook some of my favorite recipes. Every single time we get together and I cook, they always have a ton of questions about the food I make so I thought hey, how about we all get together once a month and have some at-home cooking lessons? It’s definitely something that we’re all looking forward to this winter and it’s a great way to share some laughs and spend some quality time together.

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MOVE

When was the last time you put on some music and danced around the house until you were out of breath? When was the last time you went for a run, or jumped on your bed like you did when you were a little kid?

COZY UP

I have this ritual that I do when I have a bad day, and it’s a great way to unwind during your weekends, too. If I’m feeling stressed out or had a particularly tough day at work, I throw my favorite PJs in the dryer so they’re nice and warm, burn my favorite candle, put on a few episodes of my favorite sitcom and just cuddle up on the couch for a while. Self-care is something that I struggled with for a long time, mainly because I hate NOT being productive. I love working, I love staying busy, whether it be writing a brief or cleaning the house. I can’t stand being still, when I know I could be getting something done. It’s almost as if I sometimes feel like I don’t deserve to slow down, or take a midday nap on a Saturday. I did notice though, that once you start being kind to yourself, and allow yourself to nap, or to indulge a little when you’re feeling down, it helps you get out of that funk, faster.

 How are you planning to unwind this weekend?

  • Sheridan Grady

    Definitely need a digital detox!! Sundays are my days to chill out completely x

    http://www.shayholly.co.uk

  • Stepping away from the digital world is something I’ve never even tried to tackle. But bundling up to play board games certain does sound inviting, especially with the family, now that mine are back from a week-long trip in Japan!
    – Charmaine
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Kat

    Also good to get out and enjoy nature!

  • MoreMindfulYou

    All of these sound like really good relaxing ideas!

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

  • I love how this season is such a great excuse to see the people you love and eat (and cook) some really good food

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    I love guided meditation. I use the app Calm for that and Ive been using it for years now.

    http://www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love this list! I try to pepper little bits of self care throughout my week so I don’t feel too beat up by the weekend, but sometimes you forget that little bit of love. These are amazing ideas, and I love the cooking lessons, I may need to start it up with my sisters.
    I agree wholeheartedly that letting yourself take that time can help give you the boost to keep going. One of my recent newsletters was about exactly that! Giving yourself permission to relax, and how it makes everything better in the long run.

  • Guided meditation and being off social media and everything sounds amazing!! I think all of these are the perfect key to recharge and feel excelente for the upcoming week. I hope you have an amazing weekend!

    http://www.blossomikebana.com

  • Definitely doing some unwinding right now actually, sitting here with my tea and some chocolate while reading blogs after a busy and study-filled day <3 xx

  • AndreaHale

    I need a social media detox day!

    Lovely post!

    xx

    http://dreahale.blogspot.com/

  • I’ve been cooking cheese ramyun a lot lately, such a sinful comfort food, but perfect for lazying around. Also staying away from social media really made a difference, I’ve been switching my messenger regularly every weekends.

    Selene Addicted

  • Eating some good food is definitely a good one – I always feel recharged after a healthy home cooked meal! Stepping away from social media is a great one too :)
    Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk
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  • I kind of felt the same way during Hurricane Sandy. We only lost power for a day or two but it was kind of fun to play board games by candlelight with my parents. It was nerve wrecking but kind of nice to get back to basics.

    Next weekend is going to be my super relaxing day since we have so much going on the next couple weeks! I love this time of year so much but the stress of it all absolutely sucks!

    Katie | http://www.overthemoony.com

  • Jennifer

    Digital detox definitely needed.. it’s hard to step away though! I read Arly talk about a 5-mask pamper on detailedorientatedbeauty which sounds like absolute heaven so that’ll be on the to-do list! Gorgeous pics as always lovely

    http://www.barelytherebeauty.com

    xx

  • Tiffany Tales

    I’ve been trying to step away from social media a little bit lately. Can all get a bit much sometimes x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

  • These are some great tips! I’m currently on a social media detox, and it feels great. I’m someone who spends a lot of their time scrolling mindlessly through instagram, snapchat, and twitter, that I forget to actually live my life. I’m also really interested in learning how to cook, so I try and watch my mom when she cooks dinner :) I also need to have a dance party and get my body moving!

    Kathlyn | Kathlyn’s Korner

  • Taking a break from the online world is definitely a must. I find it to be so relaxing when I take some time away from my computer and phone – even if just for a few hours. It’s so easy to become consumed by the online world. Great post!

    Heather, Porcelain Beauty x

  • Yes to good food!

  • ThePartyParrotBlog

    Thanks a lot for such an inspiring post. It was so interesting to hear you talk about Sandy and being cut off from digital world. This is also why I am very happy that I did get a chance to have a “real” childhood before Internet took over. Loved reading this!

    Naya

  • Digital world has been a part of out daily life that it is really hard to have time off from there. Sometimes when I want to take a walk in the forest or beach, I leave the phone in the car so I have some me time. Good food… We are trying to eat more healthy, clean and good now, but I must admit it is hard when there are so many distractions :)

    Ela BellaWorld

  • These are great tips and perfect for my next weekend (weekend after my birthday). xx

    Hugs,
    Hannie from Missing Wanderer

  • If i eat all good food during the day including fruit and salad, i feel so energised it is great x

    https://wineandwhine99.wordpress.com/