Can you believe that it's the first of May already? Just like that. I'm not sure about you, but I feel as though everything's just rush, rush, rush. And right now, I feel as though I sure could use a holiday. Unfortunately, I don't really have the time or budget to go on one.
That's why I thought: "Hey, maybe I should start having mini-holiday breaks." You know... The type where I don't need to go away on day trips - or spend gobs of money. The kind of holidays that I can take in my own house, my own backyard. And, I will still feel invigorated, refreshed...
So now, I decided to list some ideas here. I'm hoping to do some (if not all) of them at some stage, whenever I feel I need a break. Please feel free to suggest more in the comments section, if you can think of anything else.
1. Get a massage. Anything from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours - depending on the time and money you can spare. A good massage is always a wonderful thing. Either a home visit one - or a trip to the salon/spa will be fine.
2. Find (or Make) a Reading Spot in the Garden. You can decorate it, as if you were in the Caribbean or someplace exotic. Tell yourself you're going to sit in that spot at least once a week, for half an hour or so. Set a date/time/schedule, if you have to.
3. Take a walk or drive to the park (or beach) with a picnic basket. If you feel self-conscious about having a solo picnic, consider bringing a book, an MP3 player, a camera, a sketchbook... Anything that you can use to distract yourself with.
4. Go to the local museum. Get guidebooks, bring a notepad, etc. You can always pretend you're one of the tourists when you go there.
5. Get a manicure/pedicure. Clean, pretty nails can help cheer you up. And make you feel all nice and beautiful.
6. Get a facial. Just like getting a manicure/pedicure. Except it hurts sometimes. But, nothing beats the fresh-faced feeling after the session's done.
7. Get a drink - or mix yourself one. And, drink it in the bath. Yep - you can also put music, candles, and scents if you want to go the whole lot.
8. Call someone who makes you feel special. Allow yourself to be praised and patted on the back. Celebrate the good stuff.
9. Invent a holiday and celebrate it. It doesn't matter what it is - do an International Paper Clips Day, if paper clips make you happy. Or, hold a National Tacos Day, if that's something you love. Just go with whatever you feel will cheer you up best.
10. Book yourself a tourist trip in your local town. Get on a hop on/hop off bus. Visit a chocolate factory. Shop for souvenirs that you can mail to people.
11. Put on fresh sheets on the bed. And, take a nap in the freshly made bed.
12. Pick flowers from your garden - or buy some cheap ones from the local shops. Put the flowers in a vase where you can often see them.
13. Get a makeover. Sometimes, having a new hairstyle, some highlights, or getting some new clothes/make-up can make you feel like you've been a given a breath of fresh air.
14. Look for shopping bargains. It always feels great to feel like you've got a great bargain. Especially for something you really, really want to get. Thrift shops, auctions, flea markets... they're really fun too.
Any other mini holiday tips and ideas you can share?
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.