We all have those weeks. Things didn’t go right, you’re not feeling yourself, and you can’t wait for the weekend to come. We believe it’s important to embrace these weeks and instead of choosing to find the negative in the week, find the positive in the ending. It’s time to unwind that stress.
Here are 6 ways to unwind after a long week:
1. Indulge in your favorite treat
Food and feelings go together like strawberries and chocolate. 😉 There’s something so gratifying about indulging in your favorite food. Food brings comfort, and after the week you’ve had – comfort is good!
2. Read a good Book
It is a proven fact that reading can help reduce stress – it provides a wonderful escape from reality. Simply by opening a book, you allow yourself to be invited into a literary world that distracts you from your daily stressors. Find a book or magazine that piques your interest, anything from a thrilling paperback, to a gardening magazine, or even a cookbook. Set aside 30 minutes to read in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. It will do your mind good!
3. Spend time with people who make you Happiest
This one seems simple, right? Far too often, in the midst of stressful situations, we fail to realize that the thing we need most is just time with those that bring us comfort. Your kids, your partner, your parents, your friends, even your pet; take some time to enjoy their company. Like the old saying goes “spend time with people who pull the magic out of you, not the madness.”
We don’t need to tell you that meditation reduces stress because you already know. But why aren’t you doing it more? Many people are intimidated by meditation; which is the exact opposite of what it’s intended to do. Take 5 minutes to clear your mind and focus on your senses. Sit down somewhere comfortable and close your eyes, what do you see, smell and hear? Pay attention to your breath as you inhale and exhale. It’s not about thinking; it’s about being. Being present, being clear and being connected to your inner self.
5. Listen to music
Tried, tested and true, music improves the quality of our lives. It’s a distraction that can also improve productivity, and help us unwind. It brings people together, and can make time alone even more enjoyable. The best thing about music is, there are many kinds and many ways to enjoy it. Spend time listening to your favorite songs or embark on a journey of discovery to find you new favorite. No matter what you choose, enjoy it. You deserve it.
6. Spend time by the Ocean
Do not underestimate the healing powers of the ocean. We may be a little biased, but there’s something about the salty air and the sound of the waves crashing that puts us at ease. Here in Nova Scotia, we are extremely blessed to live so close to the ocean – so take an hour and get yourself to the oceanside. We’re certain you’ll leave calmer than you arrived.
If none of the above works: Book a night at Oceanstone where you can unwind and exhale in our little oasis by the sea!