Saturday is often mistaken as a work day with errands to run, chores to get done, and housecleaning to cross off the list (not to mention laundry.) Really it is better invested as a day to relax, recharge, and re-energize from the week before it and for the week ahead. Here are just five favorite ways to relax on a Saturday, no doubt there are 105! I look forward to learning of yours.
#1 Sleep In
That means skip the alarm clock and get up whenever it feels right to you. For some this will be 8am for others it might be noon. There is no magical time except the time that best suits you. The beauty is you aren’t being jarred awake by an obnoxious buzzer or heavy metal. And it might even give you and your spouse or significant other a bit of time for romance.
#2 Indulge in a Technology Free Day
Yes, that means staying offline entirely and when you can stand it, turning off your cell phone. Not long ago when we all had rotary dial phones and couldn’t take it with us wherever we went, we actually missed a call or three and called back when we wanted to or chose to. Try reclaiming your life from the ring, clang and chime of the electronic world, you’ll be surprised at how relaxing it can be.
#3 Read a Book (not a Kindle, remember you are Technology Free)
There is something rewarding about holding an actual book in your hands, turning the pages and reading words printed on a page instead of glowing on a screen. Make it a book for fun, not work. Maybe your taste runs to a light comedy, a mystery thriller, or a scifi adventure, you can choose one that is a tried and true favorite or hot off the bestseller list.
#4 Go to a Movie (no watching at home, that’s Technology)
It’s old fashioned and will cost you a few bucks, but there is nothing better than seeing a movie on the truly big screen, the smell of popcorn, surrounded by friendly strangers also there to be entertained, engaged, and distracted. Embrace the distraction, stock up on snacks and that ridiculously huge soda at the concession stand and relax and enjoy.
#5 Watch the Sunset
It doesn’t matter what the weather is or where you live, sooner or later the sun is going to go down (okay I suppose if it’s Alaska depending on the time of year, but let’s not get technical here!) Watch it. Just sit quietly outside or inside and watch the color of the sky change, watch dusk descend, and feel the shift in your own energy. You may come to life if you’re a night owl, or you may feel like slowing down if you are an early bird. This is just a chance to enjoy Mother Nature in any season and to become more aware of time and how very precious it really is.
That’s it, just five uncomplicated, unplugged ways to enjoy a Saturday or any day you decide to call a Saturday! And remember, I look genuinely forward to learning of your favorite ways to relax and unwind.