24-Hour Mental Health Vacation
I know the positive benefits that a night away can have on my mental health. No hubby, no kids, no pets, and a bed all to myself equals a good night's sleep. Most importantly, the one or two nights of freedom without any responsibility enables me to focus on self-care without interruptions. I am able to fill my cup and recharge.
Here are 3 mini vacation suggestions that will help restore your mind/body balance.
The Zen Seeker
The Outdoor Enthusiast
**I suggest booking a night in a hotel or Airbnb because evicting your entire family can be challenging...unless the grandparents live nearby :-)
The Zen Seeker
This 24-hour vacay is the most challenging of the four. It takes a lot of commitment on your part but will be the most revealing.
Technology break for 24 hours (no TV, Radio, computer, or phone)
Book a manicure or pedicure - or both!! (yes, guys can do this too, you can thank me later!)
Call the local yoga studio and sign up for a free trial - take your first yoga class
Go out for dinner and/or brunch with your friends
Watch 3-4 movies in a row that you have on your wishlist
You can do this escape with the hubby or a group of friends
Pick any theme you want - romance, horror, comedy, favorite actor/actress/director.
Do not answer the front door until the takeout arrives - this is the only exception…
Take note of what you enjoyed about the movie or have a discussion if you are doing the activity with others.
Ladies of Leisure
Get a bunch of your girlfriends together and hunker down at someone's house or rent an air B&B for the weekend.
Your goal is to do some or all of the following:
Stay up late talking, reminiscing, and joking around
Eat your favorite candy
Shop til you drop
Enjoy great food - Plan a menu or potluck that everyone can contribute to
Connect with your tribe!
Grab a book you’ve wanted to read - read it without interruption from cover to cover.
Find a great place to read - the park, a local garden, poolside, or cozied up with your favorite blanket.
If you want a connection and the ability to discuss the books you are reading, check out online book clubs or set one up with your book-loving friends or coworkers!
Dance, Dance, Dance
If you don’t like a late night but still love dancing with the girls, then invite your besties over and get dressed, do your hair and makeup, and much on some great appetizers with a glass of your favorite cocktail. If you prefer a mocktail - try this one (LINK)
Hit your favorite club and dance until your tootsies hurt
Sleep in the next morning and spend the day in your PJs recuperating.
Visit a local gallery, take time with each painting and absorb the creativity required for each piece of art.
On your way home, visit an art supply store and choose an inspirational project to paint, sculpt or draw
If you have kids, then include them in the art project and display everyone's work at the end of the day.
Sign up for a cooking course and learn some new culinary skills.
Explore the local outdoor market and treat yourself to a new ingredient, fruit, or delicacy.
If you prefer to consume more than create, enjoy Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a new city. Do your research, read some foodie reviews, and let your appetite be your guide.
The Adventure Seeker
Explore your own city
Visit your own backyard with fresh eyes - Make a list of places or activities that you have not visited in the city where you live.
Attend local events or festivals
Visit the museum, and aquarium or walk the canal
Learn something new
Whether its a single-day course or takes place over a few weeks explore:
Immerse yourself in the pursuit of your new skills as you need a change more than some extra rest.
Into the wilderness
Grab a tent, sleeping bag, and enough food for 24 hours and find the nearest campground to explore. (if you are not a camper, many locations have cottages or teepees you can rent)
If you forget to pack something, no worries, you can do without for 1 day!
Hike during the day, float in the lake, cook over the fire, and soak up the stars in the nighttime sky.
Breathe in the fresh air and nature sounds.
Share your favorite mini vacation spot or getaway idea in the comments below to help inspire others to recharge.
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