For many, December is full of actives, parties and the constant feeling of go-go-go. It can be hard to wind down from all of this and start a new year with a relaxed vibe and calmness.
Go to the movies
My family used to go to the movies all the time when I was little, but I hardly go anymore. If you’re looking for something to do, go see a flick with some friends! It’s guaranteed time to be “off” and to get lost in the movie, and the popcorn doesn’t hurt either. Consider going during the early afternoon on a weekend to beat a lot of the hectic (and loud) crowds. OR – send the man-friend out for the night and have the ladies over for a wine and popcorn to create your own movie night!
Hire a chef
Chances are, you’ve done a lot of cooking over the last few weeks and the thought of someone doing the cooking for you brings a smile to your face. Get someone to cook for you without having to leave your house. How relaxing does that sound? No recipes, no hot mess kitchens, no grocery shopping. Treat yourself and your friends to a home cooked meal at your house – just not cooked by you. This is something I have always wanted to do and will be doing it very soon!
Take a break
I’ll be honest, I’m REALLY bad at taking a break. Like it’s a problem. So even though taking a break might sound obvious, it’s not always easy to do – and I know other women who have a hard time taking a break too. Do yourself a favor and take a weekend off of everything. Emails, computer, phone – byeeee.
Make an inspiration board
I used to LOVE buying a bunch of magazines and cutting things out to put in my binder. There’s something cathartic about it, and it’s also super motivating. January is a perfect time to prep for 2018 and to make a vision boards of sorts. And it’s fun to do it off of the computer/Pinterest and to cut and paste (literally). Grab a bottle of wine for even more ahhhh moments.
Turn off your phone for an entire day
TURN THE DAMN THING OFF. And don’t turn it on until you wake up the next day. It’s funny how something like that sounds SO different and foreign, yet it’s just turning a silly phone off. I’m pretty good at not checking my phone in the evening but I’m going to do this on a Saturday for a whole day where I don’t have to think about anything and have no stress of work or need to be on my phone.
Grab a book and cozy up
Would you make fun of me if I told you my favorite place in my entire house is in our reading nook? It’s legit my favorite little space at the top of the second floor and I spend SO much time there. If you have a comfy space of your own (bonus points if it’s in front of the fireplace) take a whole morning off of #life and curl up with a book you’ve been dying to try, or even an inspiring magazine. If you ever walk into my mother’s house, it is not unusual to find myself, my brother and my mother each on a different couch in the living room cuddled up with our individual book under comfy blankets.
What about you? What have you been reading lately?
What are you doing this month to relax? Share please!