After a long and tiring work week, there is nothing better than getting some good old R&R. While a night out with friends or your SO may be your usual routine, some weeks call for breaks from the rest of the world. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We repeat: staying home is cool, too! Don’t feel guilty for ditching plans or rescheduling dinners, because sometimes alone time is exactly what we need to destress and recharge.
Here are five ways to treat yourself this weekend without leaving your room or breaking the bank:
1. Marathon a new TV series
There are so many interesting and binge-worthy TV series to choose from! From tearjerkers like This Is Us starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, to thriller dramas like Big Little Lies starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, there is a new show to cater to your every mood. If you’re looking for a lighter to show to catch up on, we recommend Friends from College, Atypical, and The Good Place.
2. Read a book
After spending the whole week staring at screens, a physical book is the best way to rest your eyes while keeping yourself entertained. Swap your e-books for a paperback or hardcover to relax your mind and stimulate your imagination. On our reading lists: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Hi Anxiety by Kat Kinsman, and Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord.
3. Start a journal
Are the multiple thoughts simultaneously running through your head causing unnecessary stress? A good way to clear your mind is to jot down thoughts on paper. Release your frustrations and feelings by writing them down. Not only will you be able to get it out of your system, but it will also help you process and understand your emotions.
We tend to lose sight of ourselves because of the multiple distractions we face every day. Trivial things like technology and gossip become triggers that cause anxiety, and these greatly affect our overall well-being. This is why it’s a good idea to unplug and mediate from time to time. Watch this video to learn more about guided meditation and its benefits.
5. Call for a home-service treatment
Untangle those knots on your back by booking a rejuvenating two-hour Swedish massage, or pamper your hands and toes with a mani-pedi. Treating yourself for a job well done at work or school, or simply because you feel like it, is a great way to practice self-love and appreciation. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the weekend!
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