The art of relaxing on a weekend has become scarce as we allow activities, errands and chores to crowd out the down-time that we truly crave. Without being intentional about our time, we can find ourselves running from one thing to the next, left exhausted and without pause.
What can you do to relax and simplify life this weekend? Here are four simple ideas:
- Cancel something that you were going to do. I'm not suggesting that you bail out on an important commitment but often there are "fluff" items built in to our schedule which can be pruned in order to free up time. Is there an errand that can be done on line? Do you really need to drive across town for one more thing?
- Enjoy the Fall. I love this time of year (as do the folks at LivSimpl) and there are country fairs, sidewalk sales and everything in between to participate in. Check out your local paper for a calendar of what's going on.
- Throw something away. Sounds easy and it really is! Toss something, anything and enjoy the feeling of pairing back and simplifying your belongings. Check out the Zen Habits guide to going with less.
- Connect with God. If you haven't been to church in a while, make this weekend something special and reconnect with God. Spend some time in prayer, read inspirational literature and journal to evaluate where you are in your relationship with God. I find that just talking to God as I would a friend is not only "useful" but makes sense and keeps me balanced. Be sure to check out the Busted Halo resources and others that may be helpful.