Do you make the most of your well-earned days off? Do you even have time to savor your time off or are you still consumed with work and technology when you could be recharging?
Kinfolk magazine is a beautiful quarterly publication that focuses on slowing down, appreciating life, and spending time in small intimate groups of people. I highly suggest it.
This is a video from their website. I suggest you watch it!
Some simple ways to slow down and make the most of your time off (inspired by some of Kinfolk’s recent articles):
1. Intentionally Cultivate Beauty: Add in little things that make you feel like your time, even if it’s a Monday morning, is something worth savoring. Sit and drink a cup of tea without any distractions. Meet a friend for coffee on a weekday. Light candles or incense to help you greet the day. I love picking or buying flowers and putting them in a vase on my desk.
2. Turn off your alarm (and other devices)– I sometimes have to force myself to do this. Wake up when you wake up one day and just let yourself lounge. Don’t turn on any tech device you own. This may require some planning ahead- printing a map or directions in advance, making plans with people and scheduling a time, letting your friends or clients you’ll be “off the grid” for a day…
3. Make a List: Try making a list of all the things you want to do that have nothing to do with work. Then check them off with the same enthusiasm as you would normally. Things could include a recipe you’ve been wanting to try or a park/museum/beach you’ve wanted to visit but haven’t made the time for. Or write down a dozen simple tasks that make you feel good like calling your best friend, taking a hike that has no goal or outcome (as in just hike as long as you want to and then turn around and come back).
4. Do things incompatible with technology. Water is usually something that doesn’t jive with your camera/phone/iPad. Go to the lake or the beach, go for a long walk, sit in a cafe that doesn’t have any Wi-Fi. Anything to put distance between you and being plugged in.
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Jenna Pacelli is a Holistic Health Coach and yoga teacher from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She coaches yoga practitioners and busy professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area and all over the world. She assists her clients in having more energy, curbing cravings naturally, losing weight and keeping it off without dieting, reducing stress levels, and living from a place of joy and authenticity. Her clients create lasting change and fully embodied health and wellbeing