Healthy Weekend Getaways
Deadlines whiz right over your head. Your boss breathes down your
neck. You have no idea what sunshine looks like anymore. The worst part is that
you used up all of your vacation time visiting relatives around the holidays.
You need to get away, but you don’t
ever seem to have enough vacation time. There’s at least one solution you
should consider: giving yourself a healthy weekend getaway.
Even if it’s just for a few days,
getting away from the daily grind may be the best way to clear your head and
calm your nerves. Stress can wreak havoc on your body, so the more you give
yourself a chance to blow off some built-up steam, the more your body will
A weekend road trip can invigorate your
spirit, unclutter a busy mind, and leave you relaxed and healthier than
before. Depending on what’s feasible for you, and what’s nearby, here are
some ideas to awaken the weekend warrior within. Get ready for some adventure.
A Day at the Beach
Whether crashing waves of the ocean or
gentle waves lapping on the shore of a lake, there’s something that attracts
people to the meeting of land and water.
Nap in the sun — with the right
sunscreen on, of course — read a book, or just get lost in the scenery. It can
take you away from ringing phones, email, or the repetitive nature of your job.
A little sunshine can replenish your vitamin D, which helps boost mood and your
immune system, and can even improve self-esteem. According to Mayo Clinic, vitamin D may also
protect against osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cancer, and other diseases.
If you’re the type who needs activity
to reduce your stress, running along the shore or swimming are both great ways
to help smooth out the effects from the daily grind.
If you live inside the concrete jungle,
reuniting with nature can do wonders. Getting away from congestion, steel,
asphalt, and all other unnatural constructs can help free your brain, inspire
creativity, and provide the silence you need to sort everything out.
There are plenty of ways you can get in
some exercise while camping, including biking, hiking, chopping wood, and more.
You don’t need to do much more than take in the fresh air and scenery to reap
the health benefits of the great outdoors. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air pollution can cause cancer, and damage immune,
respiratory, and neurological systems. So get that fresh air!
You’re awesome and should take
opportunities to pamper yourself.
A weekend is instantly made better with
massages, mud baths, hot springs, or whatever you can find near you. Go alone
or with a friend, but if you do go with others, make sure to schedule in some
de-stressing time. You’ll come out with glowing skin, a calmer demeanor, and a
big grin on your face.
The American Massage Therapy Association highlights two studies that suggest that massage can ease pain
and improve recovery time for people suffering from injuries.
Staying at a hotel has its perks, even
if it’s a hotel in your own city. Something as simple as letting someone else
make the bed can do wonders for your emotional health.
Holing up in a hotel for a night,
either by yourself or with someone you love, can have some wonderful
therapeutic qualities. Sleeping in, ordering room service, or just hiding away
from everyone can be enough to clear your mind and keep it that way.
If you want to add some exercise to
your mental break, check out hotels with pools or gyms.
Also, if you’re booking at the last
minute, call around for the best deal. Often hotels will give discounted rates
if they have empty rooms, especially if it’s during the slow season.
Sometimes you don’t need to get away
physically to be on vacation. Learning how to meditate can help you relax and
find clarity, acceptance, and wisdom inside your daily life.
You don’t even have to leave your home
to have a relaxing, reflective meditative weekend. Turning off all electronics —
particularly those that love to make noise — and drawing the shades can help
you create the isolation and serenity needed to begin your journey to
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, people practice meditation for numerous health-related
reasons. Some of these include:
- symptoms association
with chronic illness
Even if you’ve never tried meditation
before, it’s easy to begin. While it can take years to master, the immediate
benefit of slowing your breathing and concentrating on your senses can help
beat stress, which ultimately will help you live longer and more peacefully.
If you’re looking for some instruction,
seek out a weekend retreat within reasonable driving distance for guidance to a
mentally healthy weekend getaway.