Unwind, renew, recharge

7 Ways to Unwind, Renew, Recharge this Labor Day Weekend

Whether you are leading an organization through tremendous change, managing the family-owned business, or working full time; we all need to unwind, experience new things, and recharge.  It is necessary for maintaining the energy and focus we need to do our best.  

Chances are, this isn’t breaking news to you. You’ve likely already experienced the mental recharge that accompanies a relaxing vacation.  And while it may be tough to head back to work after a tranquil week on the beach, you do so better equipped to find solutions to all the problems your job throws at you.

Yet many people struggle to take time away from work for fear of looking replaceable, excessive workloads and just the lack of coverage at work according to the State of American Vacation 2018. Regardless making time for vacations or weekend trips with family and friends can have positive effects on your well-being.

Why not take this Labor Day weekend as an opportunity to boost your well-being and unwind.  Here are my favorite ways.

7 Ways to Unwind, Renew, and Recharge this Labor Day weekend 

  1. Exercise is one of the best ways to alleviate stress.  Our bodies aren’t meant to be sitting and hunching over a computer all day long.  Take advantage of a three-day weekend for an extra long workout at the gym, run, or yoga class.  Make exercise a top priority to strengthen your body, mind and spirit.
  2. Get your mind off work and engage in the outdoors.  Activities such as gardening, golf, walking on the beach or hiking trails can be rejuvenating.  Time outside will often help you gain a new perspective on life. Even a 30 minute walk outside can create healthy benefits.

    Unwind at the shore

  3. Mix up your routine.  Doing the same thing, day after day, can stifle your creativity and curiosity. Stretch yourself out of your comfort zone, try a new skill and expand your interests.  Others will become more interested in you and find you interesting.
  4. Volunteer in your community.  Seek opportunities to volunteer and get involved in your community.   Consider joining a nonprofit board or share your talents with a charitable organization. You will feel better about yourself and your contribution.
  5. Cultivate relationships.  Take the time to build, nurture and deepen your relationships.  Spend the weekend at the beach, pool, or mountains with family and friends.  Time spent with family and friends can enrich your life in many more ways.
  6. Maintain your hobbies.  One of the best ways to relax is to engage in an activity that is different than your work-related activities.  For some it’s reading, playing a musical instrument, knitting, painting, photography or baking.
  7. Meditate.   Meditation can provide a kind of mindfulness or self exploration to help you cope with a demanding work life.   All it takes is 10 mindful minutes. 


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  • Valerie Jackson / August 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    this is priceless advice! Thank you for sharing your amazing insights to help us all lead healthier, happier more productive lives. You are a blessing!

    • Peg Calvario / August 28, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Thank you Valerie for your kind words and I hope you will be unwinding this Labor Day. Continue doing great work both in the school and community. You are making a difference!

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