At the end of a stressful week there is nothing I enjoy more than the thought of a blissful day off. I am currently working and studying, which means I usually only get one day a week off – if that! Because of this, I’ve had to really learn how to make the most of that one day without wasting it, or failing to relax. I’ve come to the conclusion that spending the day curled up in bed with bad hair and Netflix makes me feel super lazy and not good for the next week of work and uni. So I had to devise a plan, and it’s now become somewhat of a routine for my days off. If you’re like me and want to make the most of the time that you have off each week then keep on reading!
Wake up early and pamper yourself
Okay, so when I say early I mean like between 8-9am. I naturally wake up around this time because of the sunlight that my blinds can’t seem to keep out! It’s made my days off seem so much longer, instead of sleeping in until lunchtime. I like to wash my hair and pop a face mask on in the morning and get back into bed while I let my skin soak up the goodness. I have been really enjoying Cosmetic Warrior and Brazened Honey from Lush recently. It’s really relaxing to spend some time in the morning making my skin feel good, and sets the day off to a refreshing start.
Go tech free for a few hours
I find putting my phone down for a few hours a day helps me relax so much. Social media, as much as I love it, seems to make my anxiety worse and I’d rather not deal with that on a day off. I like to either snuggle up with some tea and a book, or go for a long slow walk if the weather is nice. Being by myself for a while really clears my mind. After spending 30+ hours with customers and attending busy lectures all week it’s nice to have some time to get my mind back in order. Not having my phone with me during this time means that I can focus on myself and not have anything negative distract my thoughts.
Maybe have a look at the to-do list
Whether it’s needing to grab some lunch stuff for the upcoming week or tackle my laundry pile, I like to do some tasks that help me prepare for the week ahead. I find it really therapeutic to clean up around the house and get mundane tasks done. It doesn’t sound like fun for your day off, but getting them done now means less to do when I have a busy day.
Do something good for the soul
I absolutely love putting fresh flowers in my room every week. On my days off I either head to my best friend (she’s a florist) and get some fresh stems or a local market and treat myself to something pretty. Obviously this step applies to a yummy meal, or getting your nails done as well! Taking yourself out of the house and doing something you 100% enjoy is a simple and relatively obvious way to spend your afternoon.
Get into those PJ’s
Nine times out of ten as soon as I’m home from being anywhere I am straight into my pyjamas. On days off I usually like to spend the rest of the evening hanging out in my room. You can find me either jotting down some plans for the week or watching an easy movie – either way, I am in the comfiest clothes I own. I like to take herbal sleep aids around 7pm so that by 9pm I’m ready to hit the hay and get a full 9 hours of sleep in to ensure I’m refreshed for the week ahead. I don’t like to put too many chemicals in my body, so I always make sure that anything I take for sleep is 100% natural so that I don’t get any niggly side effects.
I hope that this has made you look forward to your next day off! What do you like to do to relax? Let me know in the comments!
Love, Lydia xo