Happy Friday, y’all! We’ve just about made it to the weekend, which is something to celebrate. But so often this time of year, weekends don’t necessarily equate to chill time. There are weddings and baby showers and beach vacations and events calling our names. Those things are fun, but they also require traveling, preparing, spending money, and maybe sleeping very little or not eating very well. Usually I feel like I need another weekend to recover from my weekend.
So, if you’re lucky enough to have a free and clear calendar this Saturday-Sunday, consider using some of that time to give your mind and body some TLC. Refresh. Restart. Here’s a little inspiration:
— Sleep! Sweet, sweet slumber. It’s so important, and we don’t get enough of it. Let yourself catch up from the long week you just had and get to bed early.
— Load up on good food. Maybe you ate out a lot or didn't feel like cooking this week. The weekend is the perfect time to go to the farmer’s market and stock up on all that good green stuff. Then cook it and save some leftovers for the week ahead!
— Go outside. Get cookin’ with the grills in Brooklyn Bridge Park, walk in the 19th annual Pride Parade in Park Slope, or show up at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden before noon on Saturday to get in free!
— Try a new physical activity. If there’s a yoga studio you’ve been passing by on your walk to the subway, stop in and check it out. Been meaning to try Citibike? Get on it (with a helmet, please!). Want to try a new gym? Grab a free day pass at Brooklyn Athletic Club.
— Slow it down. Have you been looking for a free moment to sign up for a library card? Go do it! Then take your book somewhere shady and quiet and lose yourself in a good story.
— Get a massage. Yeah, we said it. The mental and physical benefits of massage are abundant, and we’re here to help you de-stress, breathe a little deeper, and feel a little lighter. We currently have open slots on both Saturday and Sunday. Give us a call to schedule your 60 or 90 minute session!
Whatever you do, the important thing is to pause and listen to your body to see what it might be whispering to you. Little things go a long way—a few minutes of meditation, some no-cell-phone time on a park bench, or stretching in the morning before starting your day.
Here’s wishing you a happy, restorative weekend!
Post written by Kelly, who plans to pet puppies this weekend.