I think we can all agree over the last year and a half, we have experienced an increased level of stress and anxiety at some point. Personal Wellness has always been a priority in my life and has only become more important in the last 18 months. Finding ways to practice wellness through it all has been challenging, but also so rewarding. If I could create the perfect weekend, what would I do?
Here are 5 of my favorite ways to recharge on a weekend:
There is so much research that explores how gratitude works to improve our mental health. In psychology studies, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Practicing gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, improve health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. And there is even evidence to suggest that practicing gratitude has lasting effects on the brain. Making some coffee and writing down things I’m thankful for in a journal is the best way to start the day.
I love taking some time to move. Physical activity has always been a huge part of my life. From playing sports growing up to training for and running half marathons, there is almost no exercise activity I won’t try. Getting outdoors for a hike or trying a new boxing class are a couple of my recent favorite ways to get those endorphins.
What is it about being around water that makes us feel so peaceful? It’s not just in our head! Science proves there are health benefits of being near water. Weather its near the ocean, lake, river or just listening to the sound of a fountain, we can experience calming benefits. Lucky for us in the PNW, we live so close to all of these things. A walk to a beach or going to the lake is high up on my list for most weekends.
Flowers, massage, calling a friend for coffee or brunch, Chick fil A. Just a few random things that would make my day.
It’s not a true wellness weekend without food. If there is one thing I will not leave out, it’s pasta. Cooking and trying out new recipes has become more of a hobby the more time I’ve spent at home. It’s the best way to wrap up a weekend and get ready for the week ahead.
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Courtney is an Account Manager for Health+Wellness Environments and has over eight years of experience in the design, construction, and furniture industry. She is a trusted partner who works closely with her clients and the design team to achieve a project's vision. Prior to this, Courtney worked as a Workspace Designer after earning her Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Idaho.