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Since moving to Portland from Los Angeles last year, I have been re-introduced to a long, cold and rainy winter. With that, I’ve been cooking more of these comfort food recipes, finding rainy day activities in Portland and drinking A LOT of tea. I drink a lot chamomile tea because I love the taste and the relaxing health benefits.
It’s a nice and comforting thing I look forward to when the weather is just miserable outside. We broke records in Portland for rainfall in the months of October, February and March so far!
It’s been a busy year so far with lots of travel, I try to take it easy on the weekends, taking a break from my laptop and scheduling some time in for myself. The work week can be such a slog some times, that it’s important to me to be mindful of my non-work moments and get back to enjoying life.
Here’s how I like to relax on my day off:
1) Unplug + Take a Technology Break
I’m guilty of being glued to my phone all the time. I try to take a technology break on my day off and not crack my laptop open or turn off my phone. If I’m going to the gym or out with friends, I try to keep my phone in my purse the whole time so I’m mindful of the people I’m spending time with.
2) Take a Yoga or Stretch Class
My body gets cranky from sitting at a desk all the time. So I definitely try to schedule in an early morning yoga or stretch class to get me focused and feeling loose and relaxed at the start of the day.
3) Schedule a Brunch Date with a Friend
Social media has us all feeling so connected, but I don’t just stop there. I make it a point to schedule some in-person time with a friend at least once a week or more. If you know you have a day off coming up soon, make reservations for a brunch or lunch date, put it in your calendar and have something to look forward to!
I also like to keep a list of restaurants I’ve been meaning to try in my city. I simply scroll that list and pick a new spot to head out to with a friend.
4) Try a New Recipe + Cook Dinner at Home
I am terrible at cooking during the week. Which is why I LOVE cooking on weekends or on my day off. The pace is more leisurely, I can try out a complicated recipe and just take my time and enjoy the process of just cooking something from scratch.
5) Read a New Magazine from Cover-to-Cover
I am a magazine junkie and I love seeking home, food and life inspiration from a brand new magazine. Treat yourself to a new magazine or two on your day off, grab a cozy blanket, curl up with a cup of tea in your favorite chair and read it from cover-to-cover. Don’t feel guilty about it too!
6) Schedule a Massage or Spa Date
When was the last time you scheduled a massage or a spa date? I try to book a massage every month or so just to work out all the kinks in my back. I sleep better and I feel a million times more relaxed after a massage. If you’re on a budget, hit the steam room, sauna and hot tub at your local gym or community centre and melt that stress away with some heat and water therapy.
7) Relax with a Cup of Tea
Lastly, I like to make myself of cup of Bigelow’s Sleep Chamomile and Lavender Herbal Tea. It helps me wind down and features a lavende flavor with a sweet chamomile finish. It centers and relaxes me while helping me get ready for bed.
The tea is part of Bigelow’s Benefits Tea Collection which helps support your everday wellness and fuels your body with good for you ingredients. The teas are non-GMO, gluten free and are blended & produced in the USA.
The Bigelow Tea Benefits collection is available at your local Fred Meyers, Safeway or Kroger store. You can also order it online from Amazon.