By Heather Short
After a long week of school, work, children and mundane errands, you can be left feeling a bit drained. Even when the weekend finally shows its beautiful face, your morale can be a bit low due to the stressful week. Spending the weekend on the couch in front of a random Netflix series sounds temping, but in the end, it really won’t do anything to boost your overall morale. Instead, try one of the following activities that will keep you moving in a positive and fun way.
Go for a hike
Is there honestly anything better than getting out in nature, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the quiet of nature? You can make a hike as adventurous as you want, whether it be a long trek through a national park or a simple, leisurely stroll through a local park. Either way, your body will love you for the opportunity to soak up some sun and happiness.
As much as we probably hate to admit it, we know that exercising makes us feel good. If you’ve had a bad day or a long work week, try lacing up those running shoes and hitting the pavement. Within a few minutes, you will catch yourself getting lost in thought, your heart will be pumping, and you’ll find that you’re in a much better mood. Try going for a leisurely run a few times a week to keep the morale up.
Arts and Crafts
If you’re in the mood to try a new hobby, try taking up some arts and crafts. Pinterest offers endless ideas of holiday related crafts to make. All you have to do is purchase the supplies. This is also something that can be done with small groups of friends for additional fun. Places like Hobby Lobby and even Home Depot also offer one day classes to show you how to create a multitude of things.
Read a book
Many of us actually enjoy reading, but never seem to have the time to read a book from start to finish. Make it a point to set aside time every day or every other day to lose yourself in a few chapters of a new book. Before you know it, you will find yourself immersed in the book’s world, and when you’ve finished, you will feel great about having completed it. More importantly, you may be pleasantly surprised at how excited you are to begin another book as soon as possible.
Talking with friends
These days, technology tends to run the world. The days when we used to actually talk to people in person seems as though they are all but over. It is easier to send a text, email or FaceTime. But making time to meet with friends to talk face to face over coffee or a meal reconnects us in a way that technology just cannot do. Before you know it, you may be laughing uncontrollably, hugging and wondering why it’s been so long since you’ve seen one another.
We all get busy, and of course, picking up some fast food is convenient on nights when you just don’t want to cook. However, cooking a meal at home can be rewarding. Not only is there a sense of accomplishment, but it is extremely satisfying to be gathered around a table seeing people enjoying your prepared meal.
Get a massage or meditate
When we get overly stressed, our body can tense up. What better way to unwind and boost your morale than by getting a massage? Lie down, close your eyes and let your worries melt away. Meditation is another great way to ease built up stress. Find yourself a quiet space, sit down in a comfortable position, and simply focus solely on your breathing. You will be surprised how focusing on your body movements while breathing can really clear your mind.
Sometimes the thought of doing more work sounds exhausting, especially when you’re already worn out. But visiting your local homeless shelter, food pantry or church to volunteer your time is more rewarding than you can imagine. Giving back to the community and the satisfaction of helping those in need will not only be appreciated by those receiving the help, but it will bring a smile to your face.
It is all too easy to overlook cleaning that needs to be done in our homes. We tidy up the best we can here and there, but set aside a morning to truly deep clean one or more rooms in your home. Really get in there to dust, vacuum and wipe down the surfaces. Tackle the clutter in closets and fill bags with stuff you really don’t need. When you’re done, there is not only a sense of accomplishment, but you will also feel great about a good, clean space.
Physical intimacy is defined as friendship, platonic love or even something romantic. When we get down on ourselves or stressed to the core, we instinctively want to turn to someone we love for a little pick me up. A simple hug can change our entire mood. Going for a stroll while holding the hand of your partner can make both of you smile. Human touch is something we all crave and nothing makes us happier than having that human connection with another person.
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