Post # 1
March is a long-ass month. No long weekends or holidays or anything to break up this 31 day hell. To make matters worse, work gets super busy during this month because it is the time that a lot of my clients use to prepare for their busy season. Every March I experience burn out and overload. It feels like something is in my throat or that someone is slightly strangling me. Not hard enough to make it difficult to breath. But hard enough to make swallowing a small chore and hard enough to be aware of it all day.
This year it has been a little worse than previous (not as bad as the worst time I experienced) but still significant. My SO has given me the go-ahead to work with a jeweler to design my engagement ring. Between the stress of work and trying to communicate my dream ring to a stranger via email (first world problems haha) I am burnt out!
I have booked off a few days from work at the end of March to give myself an extra long weekend. I enjoy being productive so sitting at home and reading a book will not cut it for me. I have a spa appointment booked for one of the days.
What activities do you enjoy doing to take the edge off and just relax?
Post # 2
I feel you, I’m feeling super burnt out lately too. What helps me keep it at bay is meditating on a regular basis. I use an app with guided meditations – it really helps me feel centered and calm in the midst of a lot of stress. For your weekend staycation, what about…
– Going for a hike if weather allows, or trying a new (fun) physical activity like rock-climbing
– Picking a museum to go wander around
– Taking a fun class, like a drawing or cooking class
– If you enjoy cooking, pick a new recipe to try, put on a favorite podcast or tunes, and sip a glass of wine while you’re making it
– Go see a movie or theater production
– Check out a comedy club or improv show
– Round up friends and go to a bar trivia night
– Have a stay-in boardgame night
– Make a reservation at your favorite restaurant
Post # 4
I planned 30 Day Shred to make it through! I’m finally at the point where I want to work out after work, it’s great. But really, it’s taken away quite a bit of my sluggish-ness. There’s a board on here where a bunch of us started it 🙂
Post # 5
Ooooh, look at you with a giant list of activities for me to do! I have a few days to do fun relaxing things. A hike sounds great as my city has some awesome trails. I think a museum would be amazing, I havn’t been to an art gallery in ages! I just
bought tickets for Beauty & The Beast for Thursday night (thanks :D). And my city has a board game bar, maybe I’ll round up the fam. thanks!
Post # 6
Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll give it a try. 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for the suggestion but if I had to work out after my long days at work it might kill me. haha 🙂 … Unfortunately my gym doesn’t open until after I have to leave for work so that’s not an option for me. Might try some of those yoga dvds, though.
Post # 8
I love lighting a nice candle (particularly lavender) and sipping a glass of wine in a quiet, distraction-free room after all my chores for the day are done. I just focus on how classy and adulting I am and it boosts my self confidence way more than it should.
Post # 9
Try downloading the Sattva app on your phone – it’s free. It has some easy guided meditations you could try- my favorite is Blossom in your Smile. I have been meditating for years and it’s really great for relieving stress at a deep level and brings a lot of clarity as well. These meditations are pretty easy – you just need to follow along to what they’re saying. It’s best to do it in a room with no distractions, in comfy clothes and sitting up and on an empty stomach (no eating within an hour or so). Then you can go about your day a whole lot lighter and happier than usual! 🙂