As summer begins its slow decent into fall, schedules may start going into overdrive as individuals and families try to accomplish all of the goals they set for themselves. While staying active and busy will allow us to cross things off of our summer to-do list, there are days when we need to slow down.
Perhaps you are planning a large outing for the following day, recovering from family vacation, or just need a day to take a break; a comfortable day may be just what you need. Planning and comfort may not seem like they go together, but a little planning now may lead to a lot of comfort later. It’s OK to kick back in your slippers every now and then and relax! Here are a few great ways to do it.
For many, comfortable days are likely going to be a spontaneous affair that may not involve getting out of bed at all unless it’s absolutely necessary. However, some may still choose to be active during their “down time,” just not to their usual level. For these people, it is often a good time to catch up on hobbies they may not always have time for. In case you are looking for something new to do or something out of the ordinary for you, there are plenty of activities that can be enjoyed without leaving the comforts of home. For instance, you may decide you want to spend your day exploring and experimenting with family recipes. If this is the case, plan to make your trip to the store before your chosen day that way you won’t lose your rhythm in the kitchen once you start.
Taking time off from your normal routine or after a long outing is a good way to rest and relax. It may also be a good time to catch up with others, if you so choose. Do you have a good friend who you usually don’t get to spend a lot of time with because of your normal schedule? Call them on your down time and see if they want to meet for lunch or another activity where you can catch up and reconnect.
What we choose to wear for certain situations may reflect what we hope to achieve or the environment we are in. For instance, on your day of rest you may wish to wear those extremely comfortable clothes that you don’t get to spend much time in. If your plans have you staying in bed for the day, wear your favorite pajamas the night before. If you are planning to stay home, don’t forget to keep your toes warm with Happy Feet slippers!
Some members of society may shy away from taking these much needed comfort days because they may not see the benefits of them. However, there are proven health benefits to relaxing. One of the biggest is being able to reduce your stress level. This can be especially important if you have a medical condition that can be made worse when you are stressed.
Taking a day for you is okay! Relaxing and recharging your internal batteries may let you see the challenges of the following day with a clearer mind. Grab your comfy clothes and enjoy!
Jimmy is a writer from Chicago who loves to take a day off every month and just relax!