If you are a regular reader here, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted much over the past few months. This summer, I decided to take a few weeks off on this site to reboot. We had a long vacation to Greece planned in the beginning of the month, and I spent time getting ready for the trip, and didn’t work at all during the trip. Rebooting can be so essential, especially if you’ve been doing something for a while. I have been running this site for 11 years, and needed a small break. Are you looking to reboot? Here are 8 ways to personally reboot – from quick things that just take a little bit of time, to a full vacation. How do you reboot?
8 Ways to Personally Reboot
Spend Time in Nature
Put away the electronics and spend some time in nature. Decide what gives you energy – for me, it’s being anywhere near the water. Really immerse yourself in the scenery – whether it’s hiking in the woods or dipping your toes in the ocean.
Take a Vacation
It’s not always practical to take a vacation, but it can definitely be the best way to reboot. In fact, you even have the fun anticipation of planning your vacation. If you don’t have the time or money for a vacation, consider a day trip or staycation, which can also help you reboot. You can even combine your vacation/staycation with your time in nature!
Have a Girls’ Night or Girls’ Weekend
Sometimes, you just need to get away with friends. Plan a girls’ night or girls’ weekend. You don’t have to spend a fortune – you can even host your friends at your house, or plan dinner and a movie. Since it can often be difficult to find a good day and time that works for everyone, just try to pick a date as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you can end up getting lost in the details, and will never have the event.
Call a Friend
With Facebook and email, it’s easy to stay in touch with friends. But you can still feel a little disconnected unless you actually talk one on one. Pick up the phone and call a friend that doesn’t live nearby.
Visit a Spa
Spas can be so relaxing. Schedule some time to get a massage or other spa treatment, and relish the relaxation. I actually prefer to make my rare spa visits solo, but you can also plan a day at the spa as part of a girls’ getaway.
Read a Book
I can easily get lost in a good book. Poll your friends, and find a book that you can relax and read.
Take a New Fitness Class
Despite my reluctance towards any time of new exercise, the truth is, exercise can really help you reboot. Try a new class – whether it’s Pilates, yoga, Barre, or cardio.
Volunteer at an Animal Shelter
If you don’t have your own pet, consider volunteering at an animal shelter. Animals (especially dogs) can really help your mood, and many shelters need help giving their dogs nice, long walks.
Take a Craft Class
Last year, I signed up to take jewelry-making classes at my local Michaels, and I loved it. Stringing beads is so relaxing, and it was a good way to unplug and reboot. Now, when I need a work break, I pull out some of my supplies (and my reading glasses!) and make something.