How to spend your holidays so that you can relax and quickly recover
January 1, 2020
Happy new year friends! We have already celebrated the main holiday of the year, and it is so joyful that there is even more vacation week ahead.
Today we will tell you how to spend this time so as to really relax and quickly recover after the weekend.
Observe the regime
Of course, you really want to lie in bed longer, but do not get too carried away with it. Otherwise, you will bring down the regime and the body will not thank you. You will feel tired, but after a few days you will go back to work.
An alternative to late waking up can be a short nap (up to 1.5 hours). It will help to restore strength and not harm the regime.
Ditch long-planned tasks in favor of entertainment
Very often, when we have a lot of free time, we try to redo all the things that we have been putting off for a long time and which we didn’t get our hands on on weekdays. Go through the things in the closets, fix something, or wash all the shoes.
Refuse such dubious entertainment. Vacations should be vacations: they are made for relaxation. So fill your free time with really pleasant things – go for a visit, take a walk in the park, go to a museum or an exhibition, where you have long dreamed of getting.
It is important that these pleasant things do not have deadlines: then the brain can relax and by the end of the vacation you will feel really rested.
Long live idleness!
Another way to reboot your brain is to sit back. Don’t do anything for an hour every day during your vacation, just sit back and relax. This is a great workout for the brain, because we are used to doing something or fussing all the time, but spending an hour in blissful idleness is a real test. Watch your thoughts.
If you find it unbearable to spend an hour in idleness, try this exercise first.
Taste one zest, one for five minutes. Who can decipher the intricate and whimsical folds of a shriveled dried berry? This is how the author of The Mindful Brain describes his experience:
“During the practice, after the raisin exercise, something moved in my brain, and when we immediately went to the cafeteria for lunch, the salad became the reason for the discoveries made by my palate, ears, nose. I could not participate in the discussion that unfolded around the table, I was not even able to just speak to explain why I could not join the general conversation. I was immersed in the taste and sound, smell and texture of the salad, which slowly filled my awareness with each bite that went into my mouth. “
Try to schedule a certain amount of time each day that you spend without gadgets. For this time, turn off notifications and enjoy non-phone related activities. It may seem unusual, but your brain will definitely be delighted with such a gift.
Change your surroundings
Traveling is the best way to relax for our minds. If you have not been able to escape on distant wanderings, do not be discouraged. A trip to a neighboring town, to nature, or even to another area of your city, where there is, for example, a park, skiing or other winter fun, is what you need. Change your surroundings by all means. It will help you shake things up, experience new sensations, and feel refreshed.
Treat yourself to new experiences that you will remember on working days.
People who talk a lot are usually happier than the silent ones. This is the conclusion reached by Dr. Matthias Mehl, senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. Mehl researched the conversations of the participants and found that the average person utters about 16,000 words a day. (By the way, it is a myth that women speak much more than men.)
Of course, we are all different – some are more open, some are introverted, and different factors influence our talkativeness every day, but in general, Mel’s research shows that those who regularly communicate with others rate their life satisfaction higher.
So make sure to take some time during your holidays to have casual conversations with people you like.
Listen to music, relax, sing, draw
Vacation is a time of relaxation. So our main advice is to relax. In any way available to you: some people like music, while others really want to pick up pencils and draw.
The time has come. Right now it works especially for you. Use it wisely.
Have a great vacation!
Based on the books “Better every day. 365 Good Habits ”,“ Mindful Brain ”,“ One Habit a Week for the Whole Family ”.
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