Rest and Recharge This Labor Day Weekend

Jessica Cofer Blog

It’s hard to believe, but summer is already coming to an end. Kids are going back to school, the days will soon begin to get shorter, and, in some parts of the country, cooler air is starting to break through.

Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of summer — one last chance to squeeze in some summertime fun before heading into fall and winter. According to the Department of Labor, “…Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers.” The history of the national holiday dates back to June 1894, when Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a holiday.

While barbecues, trips to the beach and dips in the pool are popular ways to celebrate over the long weekend, it’s also a time to take time for yourself to rest and recharge. Here are a handful of ways you can rest on your laurels and prepare for the seasons ahead.

Be Joyful

Rather than thinking of everything that’s on your to-do list for the week to come, enjoy the day off and remember that time off is instrumental for our physical and mental health. Downtime reduces stress, improves productivity, prevents heart disease, and creates better sleep. Take a deep breath and relax.

Be Active

Instead of staying inside watching the game or lazing on the couch all weekend, get outside and find a way to be active. Take a hike in the mountains or go for a walk around the neighborhood; cruise around on a bicycle; go swimming at the beach, in a lake, or cannonball into a pool. If you need to stay nearby to home, stream a new workout class, or roll out your mat in the backyard and practice yoga.

Be Curious

If you’ve always wanted to try something new, why not give it a try over Labor Day weekend when you’ve got some extra time? Whip up a plant-based recipe; try a new activity like windsurfing or roller-skating; or read a new book that your friends have told you about. According to Riverside, research shows that the act of trying new things helps create new pathways in our brains.

Be Connected

A national holiday may mean that your friends have the day off, too. If that’s the case, now is a perfect time to get together to catch up with each other and learn what’s new in your lives. A get together doesn’t need to be formal, either. Send an impromptu text to your friends and see who can gather last-minute and appreciate the time you have.

Be Forgiving

The lawn will always need to be mowed. The house will always need to be cleaned. The car will always need to be washed. Rather than spending the day off racing around doing chores, be forgiving to yourself and take the time you need for you. That time for yourself is just as important – and even more so – than the chores that await.

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