If you’ve run out of vacation days or money (or both!), it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some relaxation and rejuvenation this summer. Here are some straightforward ways to fully recharge your batteries over the weekend, without leaving town. Making these habits a part of your life can help you reduce your overall stress levels, which in turn will boost your productivity, mood, and immune function.
1. Unplug (Yes, really!)
Nothing messes with your ability to relax quite like technology, and while completely powering off all of your devices all weekend probably isn’t possible, consider shutting down for short periods of time or turning off unnecessary notifications. You can make disconnecting easier with help from apps like Unplug & Reconnect (for Androids) and Pause (for iPhones) which send automatic text messages to let people know why you missed their call or text. Once you’re successfully off the grid, look around and take advantage of the museums in Philly with free-admission Sundays and the top free attractions in Philly — and enjoy the moment without having to capture it or tweet about it.
2. Sleep late, nap often
The health benefits of sleep are undisputable, from improving memory, to unlocking creativity, to enhancing mood. Good sleep is essential to good health! And research has shown that a combination of naps and night sleep can help your body recover after a week of poor sleep.
3. Free your endorphins
Endorphins are the chemicals in your brain that reduce the effects of stress and make you feel happy. You can tap into your inner euphoria and let the good times roll by:
- Exercising. Just about anything — from walking, to interval training, to tai chi — will do the job.
- Eating. Make you next meal a happy meal with foods that help tamp down stress.
- Getting a back rub. Even though someone else is doing all the work, you’ll reap all the benefits. Just lie there and relax (until it’s your turn to return the favor).
How do you unwind, recharge, or reboot when you’re short on time or money?