7 Relaxing Summer Activities for the Working Woman
Posted Jul 16 2012 11:53am
Ahhhh, the lazy days of summer, at least that’s what you’ve heard. But you wouldn’t know because you actually have a job, where you’re in a working daze. Not to fear, there are still plenty of ways for you to reclaim those lazy days. Follow this guide to take advantage of some of the most relaxing ways to enjoy summer.
1. Mimic Island Time
“Soon come” and “No worries Mon” are two expressions that you hear from locals in the Caribbean when you’re attempting to rush them into doing something. Mimic their “island time mentality” and apply it to your own hectic, work-a-day world. Don’t get so frustrated, consciously switch to a more accepting attitude— you’ll feel less stressed and more in control almost immediately.
2. Go Outside and “Play”
Taking just 30 minutes to walk outside and soak up some sun and fresh air will boost your mood and lift your spirits. Invite a co-worker whom you’ve been meaning to get to know better and expand your network at the same time.
3. Take Time to Meditate During the Day
Summer is meant for fun, but sometimes you’re so stressed from daily pressures at work that you can’t enjoy it. Put a lid on stress bymeditating at your desk . Meditation is easy; you can do it anywhere, anytime. Sit back in your chair, close your eyes and think on something peaceful for a few minutes. You’ll come away refreshed, relaxed, focused and ready to finish the day on a good note.
4. Add Your Own Fun
Even if your next vacation is weeks away, you can still have fun and feel relaxed each and every day. Start each day by asking yourself what you can do to create an amazing day. It could be as simple as having that first cup of coffee outside, on a patio, just you and your brew. Or it could be going for an after-dinner walk with your hubby. Either way, small bits of fun inserted into your day give you a sense of control and hopefulness.
5. Have a Picnic Lunch
You have to eat, so why not pack a small picnic basket and really treat yourself for lunch. If you’re a fan of barbeque, you could pack foods that you cooked on the grill previously and relive that great experience. Or you can pack whatever makes you feel good. Whichever way you decide to go, make it special and really enjoy your outing.
6. Free up Weeknight Time
The workday can be so long and exhausting at times, so this weekend take a couple hours and prep your meals for next week. By cooking all your meats and side dishes ahead of time, you can shave off hours of cooking. Take the food you cook, separate it into containers and refrigerate it. It’ll be ready to eat when you are and will give you more “do whatever you want” time.
7. Revive During the Weekend
By the time Friday hits, you are ready for some downtime, right? But sometimes it can take the whole weekend to revive and then Monday is staring you right in the face. But what if you could feel refreshed and ready to go on Monday? Try this 10-Step Weekend Revival Plan from Whole Living. It will have you feeling cool, collected and at your best come Monday.