Some of you may remember that I made a promise to do something completely unrelated to work because work/life balance is important. I mean, how can I talk the talk and not walk the walk?
I must confess that I’m a little late on making good on the promise, but I did it!
I took a solid week to relax, refresh, and regenerate. It was a week filled with trivia, wine, friends, more wine, more friends, and just general vegging out.
Don’t let me deceive you, though. There were a few times when I tried to work. These times were met with dirty looks and slightly loud voices from my friends’ direction. But I made it through and I feel so much better for it.
And here’s the thing: if you do this, you’ll feel better, too. Resting your mind helps the brain grow. It is a muscle after all. I don’t know the science behind it, but trust me on this one. Less fatigue, better brain. It’s science.
I’ve decided to give you a few ideas on how you can enjoy some time outside of work.
Learn how to use a hammock.
Of course, if you already know how to use a hammock, then good on you! Get in that bad boy and take a nap!
Bond with co-workers outside of work.
I have a hard time getting close to co-workers. I’ve been burned a few times. I realized recently that I had to let go of that mentality and allow my co-workers to get closer to me. It helped the work day go smoother because I gained new friends that are freaking awesome!
Have a drink.
I read somewhere that a glass of wine a day is good for your health. It must do something for your health. According to the World Health Organization, Italy (where wine is sometimes cheaper than water) is #7 for men and #5 for women on life expectancy. The US is not in the top 10. Have a glass of wine.
Have a drink with friends.
Statement from above still stands.
Have a drink by the pool.
Some people’s fears are other people’s fun times! If you are afraid to do this one, just do steps 3-5 on this list. They don’t call it “liquid courage” for nothing!
Ah! The great outdoors. Nature. God’s creation. Whatever you call it, get out into it and enjoy it! Reconnect with your wild roots!
This list isn’t exhaustive. Find out what works for you. Just as long as you take a break from the grind. It will be there when you get back.
When was the last time you enjoyed time away? Let me know in the comments!