Everyone deserves a break, but we have definitely earned a higher ratio of them this year. If you could use some new ideas, here are 19 ways to take a break from 2020.
Gratitude Practice – Sometimes the best way to forget about all those negative news headlines is to remember all the good ones in your own life. Once you start honing in on all the little things you have to be thankful for, they will begin to naturally spring out at you.
Kripalu Connect – Yoga is always a great way to relax and relieve stress. It’s also a wonderful way to get yourself in a positive mindset to start your day. At least until the end of the year, my favorite retreat center is offering classes for only $19.99 monthly. This service has really saved my sanity more times than I can count.
Cloudgazing – For a more unique version of traditional meditation, go out on a nice day, lay on a blanket and turn on this relaxing recording.
Doodling – Remember those little swirlygigs and fun sketches you used to play with when you were supposed to be listening to the class lectures back in high school? Can you believe this simple activity actually has health benefits beyond just escaping boredom? Follow this link to get started!
Positive Affirmations – All the negative news and political bickering lately can really dig our mood into a deep rut. The use of positive affirmations has been shown to be very effective in lifting the mood. Here are 1,132 of them to pick from.
Give yourself a Facial – Many of us tend to neglect our skin when we become overwhelmed with life. Fortunately, Beautycounter offers this toxin-free, mineral-rich clay & charcoal mask that removes impurities and allows for skin renewal. Right now you can receive a 20% discount when you follow this link.
Send a care pkg to a struggling friend – Giving to others can often help take our mind off our own worries and challenges. Etsy.com offers a great variety of giftboxes for all kinds of interests and occasions. Following are a few fun ones to choose from:
The Happy Birthday Body Care Box by Peace Organics
Sourdough Starter Kit, The Melrose Kitchen
Wonder Bee Organics’ Custom Friend Box
Quarantine Comfort Box (3 bath bombs & 1 shower melt)
Get out the Essential oils – Here are 18 essential oils and how they can help relieve some of that pent-up quarantine anxiety. I love to put them in my oil diffuser. A big bonus is that it seems to calm down my hyperactive kids.
Legs up the wall pose – This is one of my favorite yoga poses. It is great to do before you go to bed as it is so calming.
Walk barefoot in the grass – There is something about connecting directly with the earth, “skin-on-skin.” It feels like the most natural thing in the world. I mean, our cavemen ancestors did it before shoes were even thought of. You can read all about the health benefits right here.
Watch something uplifting – What better way to escape the harsh realities of daily life than to enter someone else’s fantasy for awhile? Personally, I am loving the over-the-top endearing stories on America’s Got Talent. A friend of mine recommended the movie, Best of Enemies, a story about racism in the ’70s that has a happy ending. Here are 15 uplifting movies currently playing on Netflix.
Laugh Out Loud
Make a cup of tea
Stargazing – Just like finding peace in watching the clouds during the day time, we can also find our inner calm by looking up at the sky at night. There are some great apps out there for helping you identify constellations, making it even more fun. Sky Map is one of them.
Soak in the sun – Rays of sunshine make me feel my most alive. It is calming, uplifting and full of vitamin D–a very important part of fighting off cancer and heart disease. Take 10 or 15 minutes every day–I like to eat my lunch outside–to enjoy the light.
Purge your thoughts
Daydreaming – Maybe your life isn’t exactly what you want it to look like right now. That doesn’t mean you can’t dream about it like it is. You might think about your future in a whole new way now. Get ready, ‘cuz life will not be like this forever.
Playing with your kids – This one will make your kids happy and help you bond with them, so it’s a double winner. Follow these guidelines for playing with your child at any age.
So how well are you coping with 2020? What is your favorite way to catch a break?
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