It’s that time of the year when (as adults) we stop and remember back on the time in our lives when we enjoyed a summer vacation. Three whole months without a care in the world. Kind of amazing. Here at Considering You, we really think it’s important to slow down and treat yourself every so often. Today we’re going to share a few ways in which you can retreat yourself and have a mini vacation at home! Take a vacation day, call in sick or hire a babysitter (if you have kids) and allow yourself this time.
Ease Into Your Morning. Slowly.
Sleep is really important. And there really isn’t anything better than waking up naturally. A loud alarm clock and the constant hitting of the snooze button can send us into a temporary frenzy leaving us feeling “awake” but it usually fades by the time you’re sitting at your desk. During this retreat, allow yourself to wake up when your body wants to. We sleep in cycles and I guarantee my iPhone alarm clock doesn’t keep that in mind. Now that you’re awake:
- Don’t check your phone, email or sit at your computer.
- Stretch (here are some ideas) or workout.
- Grab a glass of lemon water.
- Sit outside.
- Eat breakfast.
We find that people often skip self-care. It’s easy to rush through the part of our day where we shower and get ready before our day gets crazy. Pampering yourself (your skin, your teeth, your hair) is important. Most of the products that we pour and lather all over our bodies are doing more harm than good. Take some time during mid-morning to focus on the things that get put on the back burner.
- Schedule a massage, facial or a pedicure. Not everyone wants to have a spa day at home!
- The other day we posted 20 home beauty remedies you should try.
- Start the oil cleansing method.
- Let your hair air dry.
- If you’re a lady – wear minimal makeup (but feel pretty).
- Remember to use good posture all day. Tips on that here.
Be Intentional About What You Eat.
If we’re alike at all – then you probably don’t feel amazing when you eat a ton of junk. If I eat gluten, corn + sugar I’ll feel bloated and irritable. If I truly want to enjoy a day to myself, I have to be intentional about what I eat. Here are some quick meal ideas:
- Cowboy Breakfast Skillet
- Blend up a smoothie or juice some produce
- Grilled sausage/peppers/zucchini
- 10 Minute Peach Cobbler
Explore Your Community.
Do what you would naturally do on a vacation or a retreat! Try new things. Find a local restaurant that you haven’t tried. Stop by a farmers market. Sit at the park and read on a blanket. Visit some boutiques. Buy something fun. Give yourself permission to meet new people or keep to yourself. Just be you.
End Your Day With Smiles.
As corny as it may sound – smiling and laughing is extremely healthy. We hosted a health challenge earlier in the year and the last day we encouraged everyone to watch a funny movie. During this retreat, end your day with exactly that. The best way to laugh? Let me count the ways:
- Call a friend that always makes you laugh.
- Watch a funny movie.
- Read Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” (or another funny book).
- Host a cookout with all of your favorite people.
We hope you all retreat yourself very soon! Let us know if you do!