Stress Busters: Get The Most Out Of Your Weekend!
How many times has your weekend been an endless routine of “the same things, over and over again”? You might find that cycle a bit mundane, boring and dull.
Well, this is your chance to break free from that cycle and do something different!
If you just try doing something different during this weekend, then you will surely bring new energy and new experiences to your week.
This type of breaking free from the cycle is precisely the type of action that offers you the ability to access new perceptions about your life, and that gives you a lot of new power to manage stress effectively.
So without further adieu, here they are!
10 Great New Things To Do Over The Weekend!
1. Get your laughter therapy on!
When was the last time you went to a comedy club to let yourself be entertained?
Live stand-up comedy is entertaining and fun and if you haven’t been in a while, then now is the time to start laughing on purpose and seeking ways to do so.
*Check out USA Today’s list of the Top 10 Comedy Clubs!
2. If getting out to the comedy club is not so easy, then get out your DVDs.
If you gather all of your favorite DVDs of funny movies and run them like a marathon back to back, you will be amazed at how energized and happy they will make you feel!
You can also accomplish the benefits of this activity by going on You Tube and playing your favorite comedian back to back.
3. Set a timed and scheduled vacation from all of your electronic devices.
I was really surprised when during my interview on entrepreneurial stress, Chuck Hawkins, an entrepreneur with pizzazz, mentioned that he and his wife turn off all electronic devices.
All of us have so many things going on in our lives that many times we can easily forget how nice it is to not have to be concerned by automatic notifications, emails and phones ringing.
Schedule a time for your uninterrupted peace.
4. Go see a clown, a mime or some creative performance.
By exposing yourself to new creative input, you will find more intuitive creative output. Plus, seeing some type of creative performance will focus you in the moment of silent observation of their performance.
This type of focus is essential to free your mind of your inner ideas in order to be able to come back to them with new energy.
5. Go out for a meal you are accustomed to having at home.
Whether it’s a coffee or a full course dinner, it will be a special treat for you to do something you regularly do, but in a different way.
This is also helpful for gaining muscle and exercising your mind tools for thinking out of the box.
6. Visit a park, a zoo, a lake, an aquarium, or a planetarium.
Communing with nature is a great way to recharge your batteries and relieve stress. You feel a special connection when you are in nature and see how it all flows so perfectly.
Isn’t it amazing how nature manages to do this without the use of electronic devices and to-do lists? Communing with nature can help you rethink the necessity of your electronic usage during your weekend.
7. Bring the sounds of nature and peace into your life.
Since staying completely free of all electronic devices might be a bit much, make sure you are stocked up on the sounds that are conducive to the relaxing, stress-free break of your weekend.
Why leave the park at the park when you can take those sounds with you wherever you go?
You can get many of these types of apps and downloads for free in the iTunes apple store.
(One I like is called “Naturespace”. It’s free and even works if your iPad2 is closed, with the cover over it, or if you have a different app open. I find these features nice, and not all apps work in this manner.)
8. Have a picnic………by candlelight………..in your living room!
Again, what’s at work here is the ability to do something you might have done many times in the past, but in a totally different way.
Maybe you’re used to a picnic in the park in the springtime with plastic glasses and paper plates…many are used to that.
But how many times have you tried drawing the drapes, bringing out your favorite china, your shiniest silverware, and your crystal goblets to sit on your coziest blanket in the middle of your living room with the glow of candles lit?
Trust me on this one…..try it, you will like it!
9. Be a tourist in your own city.
I’ve done that countless times myself and honestly admit that it wasn’t until I took visiting friends that I finally saw attractions like The Statue Of Liberty and The Empire State Building.
Why wait for an occasion? Treat yourself to a new discovery, just for you!
10. Take a walk somewhere you’ve never been.
In discovering something new in order to get new input, you might like to take a walk in a neighborhood you’ve never been to before.
Not only will you be getting a lot of good exercise in the fresh air (which is great for stress relief!), but you’ll also be in the process of discovering a new area. You might even find something you’ve been looking for just by the action of stepping out of the comfort zone of your neighborhood.
I said I would give you 10 Great New Things To Do Over The Weekend, but here’s a bonus:
11. Go to a pet store just to play with the animals.
Playing with an animal can give you an enormous amount of JOY! You also get feelings of the unconditional love they have for us, so pick your favorite animal and go engage with them up close!
*Caution: You might want to take one of those lovable, furry bundles of joy home!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of new ideas for your weekend and that it can be of benefit to you in all that you do.
One of the best ways to manage stress is to make sure you stay balanced and have fun! I hope these ideas can lead you in that direction. Which of these ideas is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
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